In Summary
  • Regarding Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, she said she picked Prof Julius Ogeng’o because of performance and regional balance.
  • Ms Mohamed said she appointed Prof Lydia Njenga instead of Prof Madara Ogot as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Production and Extension because of gender.

As the dispute between the University of Nairobi and Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed over the appointment of four deputy vice chancellors continues, Ms Mohamed has sought to end it by defending her selection.

Ms Mohamed said she based her selection on gender, merit and regional balance.

Further, in a letter to Solicitor-General Kennedy Ogeto dated January 28, she said she exercised powers legally bestowed on her.

The university's council chairperson Julia Ojiambo on January 24 wrote to Attorney-General Paul Kihara claiming that they had not recommended the four picked by Ms Mohamed.

Prof Ojiambo also sort advisory opinion on the powers, roles, and functions of the Cabinet secretary and the Council in recruitment and appointment of staff at the university.

EQUALITY
Ms Mohamed said she appointed Prof Lydia Njenga instead of Prof Madara Ogot as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Production and Extension out of the need for gender parity.

"Out of five DVCs, six principals and the vice chancellor, there is no female representation, making the management of the university out of tune with the Constitution.

"The appointment of Prof Njenga - arising from an open, accountable, transparent and competitive process - finds justification in the Constitution itself," she said.

In the interview, Prof Ogot scored 76 percent, Prof Benard Aduda 64.5 percent and Prof Njenga 63.1 percent.

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