Moi University has begun the process to recruit a new substantive vice chancellor after eight candidates for the position were shortlisted.
Among those shortlisted for the position is Prof Laban Ayiro, who has been the acting VC since September last year. Interviews have been scheduled for Monday.
Other candidates are Prof Isaac Kosgei, Prof J Chacha, Prof Ann Nangulu, Prof Samuel Gudu, Prof Joseph Rotich, Prof Maurice Amutabi and Prof Isaac Kibwage.
“The following individuals are invited for the interview at Moi University, Main Campus in Kesses on Monday, November 27, 2017,” reads an advert by Dr. Jeremiah Ntoloi Koshal, the varsity council chairperson.
The process to recruit a new vice chancellor has been slow. In September, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i extended Prof Ayiro’s contract for another six months for the third time.
“Further to my letter dated 9th December 2016, I write to extend your appointment as the acting Vice-Chancellor, Moi University for a period of six months. This appointment automatically terminates on the appointment of the substantive Vice-Chancellor should that happen inside the period of the six (6) months,” reads the letter signed by CS Matiang’i dated September 12, 2017.
On December 9, 2016, Prof Ayiro’s contract was extended for three months and subsequently added another six months in March this year.
Prof Ayiro, a one-time director of quality assurance at the institution, was appointed to the position last September following the expiry of Prof Richard Mibey’s term. He was first appointed to act for three months.
However, his appointment sparked uproar with two governors and some MPs from the region storming the university in protest.
According to the politicians, the Education ministry had overlooked three finalists for the job to pick the soft-spoken Prof Ayiro who did not apply for the post.
The leaders claimed then that Prof Isaac Kosgei should have been given the position since he had topped during that interview. Prof Kosgei has also been shortlisted for the post.
“When he went for the interview at Egerton University, he emerged number two and when he came to Moi University, he was number one. We are saying there will be no graduation without Prof Kosgei,” they said.
The leaders demanded that the results of the VC interviews be made public.