Ben Chumo replaced as Egerton University Council chairman

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed as replaced Dr Ben Chumo as the chairman of the Egerton University Council.

In his place, the Education CS has appointed Dr Wario Luka Huga as the new chairperson of the council.

Egerton University has been facing a leadership crisis after the council chairman was charged in court for corruption during his tenure at Kenya Power.

Dr Huga’s appointment was announced in a Kenya gazette notice and will serve for three years starting September 6.

Corruption at Egerton University

Earlier this month, the university council sent Vice-Chancellor Prof Rose Awuor Mwonya on a 90-day compulsory leave.

To fill the position, the council appointed Deputy Vice-chancellor Prof Alexander Kahi as the VC in acting capacity.

Prof Mwonya who had just completed one and a half years at VC is facing corruption allegations.

However, she has denied the graft claims and instead laid blame on cartels at the institution.

According to Prof Mwonya, the corruption cartels are envious of her good work at the institution.

Prof Mwonya further said the university council was unhappy that she was fast-tracking the construction of the Sh2.4billion library.

Ms Mwonya denied claims that she is protecting university registrar Seth Owido following allegations that he converted self- sponsored students to government students without following the law.

The self-sponsorship programme, which was the cash cow of public universities, has since been discontinued.

The university council has recommended Mr Owido’s suspension on corruption allegations.

However, Mr Owido has dismissed the allegations levelled against him as “baseless.”

Ms Mwonya said the council accused her of insubordination “simply because” she told them they must follow the law when suspending Mr Owido.

“I had no objection but I felt it was not good to suspend him without following the laid down procedure. I think the council was unhappy with my firm decision,” she said.

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