- Pro Ayiro is from Vihiga and Prof Kosgey is from the Kalenjin community.
- Governor Ruto said despite the fact that the country had 42 tribes, public service positions were not a preserve of any community.
More leaders Friday criticised the storming of Moi University by two governors and three MPs to protest the appointment of a vice chancellor who is not a Kalenjin.
Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and his Emurua Dikirr counterpart Johanna Ng’eno said the action was wrong as appointments to public offices are made on merit and not tribe.
The two leaders said appointments to public positions should only be made on merit irrespective of where an individual comes from.
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos, MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Sila Tiren (Moiben) and James Bett (Kesses) on Tuesday led protests against new acting VC Prof Laban Ayiro.
The leaders had demanded that Prof Isaac Kosgey should have been given the job and not Prof Ayiro.
Pro Ayiro is from Vihiga and Prof Kosgey is from the Kalenjin community.