The student leader Moi university Nairobi campus, Edwin Airo, has today condemned the actions of the Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago of trying to force out the newly appointed acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Laban Ayiro.
The university leadership vowed to take legal action against the Governor who branded the newly appointed VC an “outsider” saying he was dividing the institution along tribal lines and that will not be tolerated. His sentiments were echoed by Perez Anzugira, the assistant secretary general Nairobi Campus, “We will not be divided along tribal lines neither will our institution be reduced to a village school.”
The leaders who were clearly displeased urged their fellow students across all Moi University campuses to maintain peace as the proper legal channel to be used was being explored.
The students’ leaders have asked politicians to stay away from education institutions and concentrate on politics which involves the public. One of the leaders did mention that “If the governor insists on the issue so much he can open his own university which I am sure no one will even join.”
This comes after the CS Education Fred Matiang’i emphasized that the VC was appointed on merit as opposed to what the leaders had claimed yesterday asking the Education CS Fred Matiang’i to immediately appoint a substantive VC for Moi University, based on merit, arguing that it is wrong to appoint an acting VC when the university council concluded the process of recruiting a new VC and forwarded to him names of three individuals.
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago yesterday led his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos, MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Silas Tiren (Moiben), James Bett (Kesses) and Isaac Terer Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker, the leaders vowed to stop the University’s 32nd graduation ceremony slated for Thursday and Friday.
The students have asked their fellow comrades not to allow themselves be used in spreading violence on tribal grounds even as the general elections are approaching.