In Summary
  • Cofek has sued the university, Ms Mohamed and the AG seeking to suspend the appointment of Prof Jama Mohamud, Prof William Ogara, Prof Lydia Njenga and Prof Julius Ogeng’o.
  • Ms Mohamed picked Prof Mohamud as the DVC of finance and planning, Prof Ogara for human resource, Prof Njenga for research and Prof Ogeng’o for academic affairs. 
  • Cofek has also accused the university and Ms Mohamed of splitting up the administration and finance department.

The row over appointment of four deputy vice-chancellors (DVCs) at the University of Nairobi has escalated after a lobby filed court case to challenge Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amina Mohamed’s decision.

The Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) has sued the university, Ms Mohamed and the Attorney-General seeking to suspend the appointment of Prof Jama Mohamud, Prof William Ogara, Prof Lydia Njenga and Prof Julius Ogeng’o.

CS Mohamed picked Prof Mohamud as the DVC for finance, planning and development, Prof Ogara for human resource, Prof Njenga for research, production and extension and Prof Ogeng’o for academic affairs. 

Although the appointments were meant to end a leadership crisis at the East Africa's leading university, Cofek argued that the decision should have awaited the outcome of an ongoing court case.

'ILL-ADVISED'

Through lawyer Boniface Akusala, Cofek claimed Ms Mohamed’s decision was ill-advised considering that the DVC who was in charge of administration and finance was never sacked but remains suspended and is still on the payroll.

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