Court stops hiring of Mmust deputy vice-chancellor

Mmust University Council Chairman Dr Jeremy Bundi


By CGN Reporter

The recruitment of the deputy vice-chancellor for Finance and Administration at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology has been stopped.

This is after the Industrial Labour and Relations Court sitting in Kisumu stopped the exercise until a case filed challenging the process is heard and determined.

The petition was filed by Samson Rosana Ondidi, one of the applicant under certificate of urgency seeking to stop the process citing massive irregularities in the recruitment process.

In his affidavit, the petitioner argued that the institution’s council acted in contravention of the law by shortlisting five candidates for the interviews today (Friday) at the Kenya School of Law in Karen, Nairobi.

“The University Council acted in contravention of the fundamental rights and freedoms under article 2, 10(2), 35 (3),20,22,23,27 (1) and (2). There was discrimination in the entire process and we didn’t get justice,” read part of the affidavit.

“That a conservatory order is hereby issued restraining the respondent by themselves, thier appointed agents,servants, and employees of Mmust from conducting the interviews for the position of deputy vice-chancellor for Finance and Administration for November 9 or any otehr date until further orders of this court,” judge Rika ordered.

Justice Riko directed that the case will be mentioned on December 4, this year. “Further notice is that any party served and fails to comply with the order shall be cited for contempt and punished accordingly and risks a civil imprisonment of up to six months or a fine imposed by the court,” read part of the order.

The position fell vacant after Joseph Rotich was appointed the vice-chancellor of Laikipia University in May this year. Prof Rotich had held the DVC post since January 2014.

The University Council advertised the vacant position in the local dailies on August 3 this year, attracting 24 candidates.

Of the 24, only five applicants were shortlisted for interviewsthat were to take place today. They are professors Maurice Amutabi, Alfred Muyabi, Mike Iravo, Daniel Rotich and Genevieve Mwayuli. Five senior lecturers from Mmust also applied for the position but none was shortlisted.

The Mmust applicants are professors Stephen Odebero, Thomas Sakwa, Charles Mutai, William Shivoga, who is the acting DVC for Planning and Research, and Dr Patrick Ojera, the acting DVC Finance and Administration.