In Summary
  • Sources told the Nation that the meetings are meant to end the confrontational approach that has been adopted by both parties.

  • Already, the university Council has sought an advisory opinion from the Attorney-General.

  • The Ministry of Education has responded to the issues raised by the Council and it's up to AG Kariuki Kihara to determine the way forward.

  • The university Council has objected to appointments, citing a ruling made by Justice Onesmus Makau in 2017.

Efforts are being made behind the scenes to end the standoff between Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amina Mohamed and University of Nairobi (UoN) Council on appointment of three deputy vice-chancellors (DVC).

Ms Mohamed last week briefed Attorney-General Kariuki Kihara on the standoff while other meetings are said to have been lined up between the CS and the Prof Julia Ojiambo-led Council.

Sources told the Nationthat the meetings are meant to end the confrontational approach that has been adopted by both parties.

Already, the university Council has sought an advisory opinion from the AG while the ministry has responded to the issues raised and now it’s upon Mr Kihara to determine the way forward.

Also, the Consumer Federation of Kenya has filed suit challenging the appointments.

'BRAVE FACE'

On Tuesday, the university Senate meeting chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi put on a brave face in wake of the leadership crisis.

During the meeting, the appointees promised to support whoever will be settled on once the dispute is resolved.

Those whose appointments are being contested are: Prof Lydia Njenga, Prof Mohamud Jamah, and Prof William Ogara.

They were to have been issued with contracts by the Council by January 29 but it has been reluctant.

It’s only the appointment of Prof Julius Ogeng’o as the deputy vice-chancellor (DVC) for academic affairs that has not been contested by the Council.

AMINA'S RESPONSE

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