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Blow to embattled KU VC, Paul Wainaina as varsity names his replacement

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By Judith Gicobi

The Employment and Labour Relations Court’s directives prohibiting the dismissal of Vice Chancellor Paul Wainaina by the Kenyatta University Council have been disregarded.

Waceke Wanjohi has taken the role of Wainaina as acting vice chancellor (VC) while a permanent successor is sought, according to a statement from KU Chairman of Council Chrispus Kiamba dated Friday, August 5.

All of the staff and students were urged to provide Wanjohi the essential backing in order to maintain the university’s stability.

“The attention of the university community is drawn to a decision by the Hon. Justice Gakeri of the Employment and Labour Court in Nairobi on 4th August 2022 where the court dismissed an application by Prof. Paul Wainaina for injunctive orders.”

“Arising from the above developments, Council has resolved that Prof. Waceke Wanjohi continues as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University until further notice,” the statement read in part.

The suspension of Wainaina was temporarily banned by Justice Jacob Gakeri, who also ordered that the case be brought before any judge on July 28 for an interparty hearing.

Through his attorney, Wainaina filed a petition asking the court to impose an order prohibiting the enforcement of the directives made by Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua. Wainaina claimed that only the University Council had the authority to terminate his job.

The World Health Organization wanted to create an emergency hub on a portion of the institution’s grounds for Ksh600 million, but President Uhuru Kenyatta opposed the idea, sparking a verbal spat with Wainaina.

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Following the ouster of Wainaina, the President came under fire from a group of leaders allied to the Deputy President, William Ruto, and accused him of attempting to interfere with the operations of autonomous public institutions.

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