In Summary

  • The university sent him on compulsory leave last week citing “non-performance”
  • The university owes suppliers and part-time lecturers up to Sh1.7 billion, KRA Sh400 million as well as an up-to-date bank loan of more than Sh1 billion, all said to be accrued between 2009 and 2014.
  • The council had earlier on July 7 written to the VC indicating that he had not attained performance targets.

Besieged Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) Vice-Chancellor Henry Kiriamiti on Monday said he was forced out of the institution because he blocked a Sh4 billion loan plan.

The university sent him on compulsory leave last week citing “non-performance”

Prof Kiriamiti said he rejected the Sh4 billion plan by the university Council chaired by Charles Mbui as “it was non-viable and risks plunging the institution into bankruptcy”.

On Monday, the Commission for University Education (CUE) intervened in the crisis.

“We are addressing the challenges at the institution through normal advisory. We will ensure that we get a solution to this crisis,” said CUE Chairman Prof Chacha Nyaigoti.

FORCED LEAVE

Prof Kiriamiti proceeded on forced leave after being directed by the university council chairman in a letter dated July 17.

“The process of removing me started in February after I refused to support the proposal to acquire the restructuring loan.

My fear is that the university might be unable to repay the loan and be auctioned,” he said.

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