Showdown looms as Suspended Egerton VC Rose Mwonya stays put

Egerton VC Rose Mwonya

Egerton University vice-chancellor Rose Mwonya was on Monday suspended by the university council amid a cash-flow crisis at the Nakuru-based institution. The Egerton VC was suspended following a resolution by the University Council.

However, Prof Mwonya has denied receiving any official communication from the council, insisting that she still remains in office.

“According to me I am still in office because I have not received the purported letter, ordering me to vacate office,” she said.

Upon her suspension, members of the University Council appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof Alexander Kahi to act in the position until internal investigations into Prof. Mwonya’s conduct are completed.

A showdown between Prof Mwonya and the University Council therefore looms.

According to the Egerton University Council, Prof. Mwonya was suspended pending investigations into procurement malpractices, a students’ scholarship scandal among other numerous allegations of mismanagement.

“It is true she has been suspended effective September 10 and Professor Alexander Kahi directed to take over in an acting capacity,” said Dr Joshua Otieno, the chair of the University Council, the public varsities governing body.
He said he would give more details on the suspension upon his return from an official trip abroad. The suspension follows a meeting held on September 7 as the university struggles to remain afloat. The university has also announced a lay off plan and a cut on allowances as cash flow reduces.
Professor Mwonya was appointed the Egerton VC replacing Prof Tuitoek whose term at the helm of Egerton University had come to an end in January 2016.
It is said the council chairman Dr Ben Chumo did not attend the meeting over issues related to the ongoing court case facing him over his previous employment.
The decision to suspend Monya was unanimously agreed up by Dr Charity Nyaga, Joshua Otieno, John Ondari, Esther Mukoa Wabuge and Mrs, Alasa Osman Hirsi- who are all council members.
Mr Ondari confirmed that Mwonya has been suspended but was quick to add that the council has commenced internal investigations into the alleged gross misconduct.

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