Ministry gives Moi University Vice Chancellor three more months in office

Prof Laban Ayiro

Moi University’s acting Vice Chancellor has had his term extended by the Ministry of Education for three more months.

A letter from the Education ministry dated December 9, 2016 indicated that Prof Laban Ayiro will remain in charge of the institution for another three months.

“The letter I am privy to addressed to the University Council states that the extension of Ayiro’s term is meant to allow more time for the re-advertisement and recruitment of a substantive Vice Chancellor,” said a source.

The insider further disclosed that the letter also pointed out the extension was to ensure the university attains stability after a tumultuous transition in September, besides noting commendable transformation in the University since Prof Ayiro, who was the acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor in Charge of Planning, took over.

An official at the Ministry of Education confirmed the extension of Prof Ayiro’s term, saying Kenyatta University’s Acting VC Prof Paul Wainaina’s term has also been extended for the same period.

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i appointed Prof Ayiro on an acting capacity on September 19, when former VC Prof Richard Mibey’s 10-year tenure ended.

The decision was not taken well by a section of North Rift leaders.

The development comes barely a week after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto steered clear of the demands by residents of Kesses where Moi University’s main campus is situated, who wanted them to give a way forward on the institution’s leadership.