He appoints Prof Madara Ogot, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, to act in the position for the period Prof Mbeche will be on leave.
Prof Julius Ogeng’o, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, appointed in an acting capacity as Deputy VC Students Affairs.
University of Nairobi’s leadership conundrum deepened on Tuesday after reinstated Vice-Chancellor Stephen Kiama Gitahi took over and announced that Prof Isaac Mbeche, who was holding the position in an acting capacity, had proceeded on annual leave.
Prof Mbeche, who is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) for Finance, Planning and Development, had started his annual leave on January 6 when Education CS George Magoha recalled him to take up VC duties.
In a communication to staff and students, Prof Kiama said he had appointed Prof Madara Ogot, the DVC for Research and Extension, to act in Prof Mbeche’s position for the duration of his leave.
“Further, Prof Julius Ogeng’o, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, has been appointed in an acting capacity as Deputy VC Student Affairs to allow for the filling of the position,” Prof Kiama said.
He said both Prof Ogot and Prof Ogeng’o were formally appointed.
“Meanwhile, I wish to take this opportunity to thank all staff and students for remaining calm and proceeding with normal university business,” Prof Kiama said.
On the other hand, Prof Mbeche said he was recalled by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha to act.
He further said that he stayed away from the VC’s office to allow the court process to take place.
“We are waiting for the decision of the government after Monday’s court orders for the next course of action,” Prof Mbeche said.
Prof Kiama reported on duty after Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Maureen Onyango suspended the order issued by Prof Magoha on Friday last week revoking his appointment.
Prof Kiama said that the institution is running smoothly despite what he termed as confusion over the weekend and on Monday.
“As you can see, first year students’ registration is going on smoothly. I’ve met with some professors and we agreed that the university activities must go on,” he added.
He also said the institution had experienced delays in the way it operates over the weekend since workers were not sure of whom to consult.