Mon. May 20th, 2019

Prof Julia Ojiambo appointed chair of UoN Council

Education Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed has appointed season politician Julia Ojiambo as the chairperson of the University of Nairobi Council.

According to a gazette notice dated September 6, the CS further appointed five members of the council.

Those appointed to sit on the council as members include Wanjiku Muchemi, Flora Maghanga, Jocelyn Rarieya, Hassan Mohamud, and Isaac Kiprop.

The new appointees will serve the top varsity organ for a three-term period.

The appointment of Prof Ojiambo has effectively ended one-year wait for UON to get a substantive chair.

Prof Julia Ojiambo was among 25 candidates shortlisted for the chair position from a total of 44 applications.

In May 2017, the then Education CS Fred Matiang’i named Timothy Mwangi Kiruhi as the chair of the UON council.

Timothy Mwangi Kiruthi was appointed to replace Idle Farah.

Idle Farah had served as the UoN Council Chairman for 12 years until February 2017.

Prof Julia Ojiambo Achievements

Ojiambo, a former Funyula MP (1974), was a presidential running-mate in the 2007 general elections.

The 82-year old season politician was the first woman to be appointed Assistant Minister.

Prof Ojiambo, a nutritionist by profession, is also recognized for her key role in the formation of the Kenya Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (KNDI).

A total of 175 candidates submitted their applications to become UoN Council members.

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Out of these, 122 were shortlisted for interviews and only 5 were picked to sit on the council.

High Court judge George Odunga on February 13 ruled that recruitment of university councils members and chairpersons must be open, transparent and competitive.

Those seeking the position of a chairperson were required to hold a minimum of educational qualification of a Ph.D. degree from a recognized University.

Members of councils were required to have a minimum of a Masters degree.

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