Professor Laban Ayiro has been appointed the fourth Vice-Chancellor of the Daystar University. Prof. Ayiro’s appointment comes just months after he was rejected at Eldoret-based Moi University.
In an internal memo, Daystar University’s council chairman, Prof Henry Thairu said that Prof Ayiro had been picked from a list of 30 candidates who had applied for the position.
“The appointment of Prof Ayiro follows a rigorous process which started on December 5, 2018. In January 2019, the council received six potential candidates from a total of 30 applicants interviewed by the human resource consultant, Manpower Limited,” he said on Friday.
At Daystar he takes the position of Prof James Kombo, who was holding the post in acting capacity since June last year. Kombo took over from Prof Timothy Wachira who was unceremoniously ousted following chaos by students last year.
Student leaders accused Prof Wachira of mismanagement, lack of transparency and poor leadership. The unrest forced the institution’s Senate to close the Athi River and Nairobi campuses.
Prof. Laban Ayiro induction from Prof Kombo.
Professor Ayiro is expected to speared-head the process of reconciliation between the students and the university management at Daystar. This is following a fallout last year that occasioned the departure of Prof. Wachira.
Before taking over, Prof. Ayiro will be taken through a one-month induction by Prof James Kombo.
Pundits argue that the appointment of Prof. Ayiro at Daystar University only makes Daystar far ahead Moi university in development.
Before being appointed as the VC for Daystar, Ayiro had served Moi University, still as a VC but on acting capacity from September 2016 to March 2018.
In the much politicized selection for Moi’s VC, Prof Ayiro was the front-runner but was allegedly ‘rigged out’ of tribal basis.