June 24, 2024
Prof. Kiama Sent On Leave Again As UoN Leadership Stalemate Woes Develop

Prof. Kiama Sent On Leave Again As UoN Leadership Stalemate Woes Develop

Prof. Stephen Kiama, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, has been placed on vacation for another month after rejecting a similar request from the institution’s council.

The UoN Council announced on Tuesday that Prof. Ayub Njoroge Gitau, who was appointed in an interim capacity last month, will continue in the role.

Council Chairperson Amukowa Anangwe stated that the directive followed an April 19, 2024 decision to place Prof. Kiama on forced leave due to allegations of mismanagement of university resources and staff intimidation.

“The council of the University of Nairobi, as the employer, is deeply concerned about the continued harassment, intimidation and misuse of staff and resources by unauthorised persons, despite its earlier pronouncement on the matter,” Prof Anangwe stated as quoted by the Nation.

The council also decided that new letters would be issued authorizing the fulfillment of tasks in 24 administrative posts.

Staff personnel were affected by the university’s leadership stalemate, as well as all staff transfers and movements that were carried out against the council’s wishes.

They have all been directed to return to their previous stations immediately. 

Following the April leave communiqué, Prof. Kiama dismissed the reports and asked all members and students to disregard the command.

“This matter has elicited a lot of publicity and has the potential to lead to apprehension to both members of staff and students,” said Kiama at the time.

“In the meantime, I call on all of us to recommit to the task ahead of driving the university to a truly globally competitive university transforming society.”

Prof. Kiama Sent On Leave Again As UoN Leadership Stalemate Woes Develop

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