UoN VC Installation Drama Heightens

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Prof. Magoha: "I acted on President Uhuru's directive"

The drama surounding the appointment of new university of Nairobi embattled VC continue to draw more attention.

Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Maureen Onyango suspended the order issued by Prof Magoha on Friday, which stopped Prof Kiama from taking over as vice-chancellor.

The raging drama over the appointment of a vice-chancellor for the University of Nairobi heightened on Monday after the courts reversed a directive annulling the installation of Prof Stephen Kiama even as Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha stood his ground, invoking President Uhuru Kenyatta's name.

Lady Justice Onyango also revoked Prof Magoha's appointment of Prof Isaac Mbeche as the acting VC of the country's oldest and largest institution of higher learning.

Prof Magoha said he acted on instructions of President Kenyatta when he cancelled Prof Kiama’s appointment and dissolved the council chaired by Prof Julia Ojiambo.

It was a day of high drama as Prof Magoha admitted that he had acted on orders from State House, while the Public Service Commission (PSC), which had conducted the interviews and ranked Prof Kiama tops, also defended its position.

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Timothy Omondi