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VC refutes nepotism claims in hiring varsity staff

21 February 2015, 18:17 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The University of Eldoret Vice Chancellor (VC), Teresa Akenga has refuted nepotism claims leveled against her in hiring of the varsity’s teaching and non-teaching staff.

Akenga said any recruitment or promotion of staff members is fairly and transparently conducted by subjecting the candidates to a rigorous shortlisting exercise in accordance to the University’s Academic Staff Appointment and Promotion Policy.

Responding to the recent varsity’s student chaotic protest led by Uasin Gishu Senator Isaac Melly demanding Akenga to pack and leave over claims of favouring outsiders in hiring employees, she said the varsity has the highest number of locals for both teaching and non-teaching staff compared to a few who are non-residents.

“On 15th, 16th and 17th December 2014, the University Council conducted interviews/re3views for 12 Associate Professors out of 23 applicants and seven Professors out 10 applicants. The exercise was transparent and in accordance with University procedure,” said Akenga in a submission tabled in the Senate House.

“In shortlisting process, three applicants for the position of Professor and 11 applicants for the position of Associate Professor were disqualified because they did not meet the minimum requirements for promotions to the respective positions,” she added.

Following February 2013 upgrading to a fully-fledged university and dissociating from Moi University, the VC reiterated that the University of Eldoret inherited 352 casual employees and the varsity’s management and Council have been petitioning for more funds from the national government to convert the employs to permanent and pensionable terms.

“To date this request not been granted. The University requires slightly over KES 164 million above its normal annual wage bill to be able to absorb the said casuals,” said Akenga.

The varsity has a total of 207 teaching staff drawn from the eight regions of the country where 103 employees translating to 49.76% are from Rift Valley, 42 employees (20.29%) from western, 41 employees (19.81%) from Nyanza, 10 employees (4.83%) from Central, six employees (2.9%) from Eastern, three employees (1.45%) from Coast, one employee (0.48%) from North Eastern and another one employee from Nairobi.

Regarding the subordinate staff, Akenga again said Uasin Gishu county residents commands the majority of positions where Rift Valley has 77.26%, Nyanza 13.64%, while Western 4.55% similarly for those from Eastern region.

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“Management is ready to share information regarding the Management of the University with permitted government authorities in order to put things into the right perspective and clear the trail of lies and distorted information from those who are unhappy with the good performance of the Management Board,” said Akenga.

The Wednesday chaotic protest forced the anti-riot police officers to use much force to disburse rowdy students where one was shot dead while some nursed injuries including Senator Melly and a nominated female MCA.

The university was temporary shut following the chaotic demonstration.

However, over 10 western MPs where Akenga also comes from threw their weight behind the VC not to resign and condemned the organizers and participants in the chaotic protest which they said had a tribal inclination.

The legislators led by Lugari MP, Ayub Savula warned that the witnessed attempt to victimize Akenga because of holding a big position instead of the county’s own qualified person should stop.

“The Luhya community and Kalenjin in Eldoret should co-exist peacefully. The Constitution allows anyone to work anywhere and peace should co-exist as the pillar of this nation and we urge North Rift leaders to embrace it,” said Savula on behalf of other MPs.

Other western MPs in support of the VC include; Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Ben Washiali (Mumias East), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), Alfred Agoi (Sabatia), Ben Shinyali (Ikolomani), Reginald Wanyonyi (Bungoma County MP), Malulu Injendi (Malava), Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga) and Bunyasia Sakwa (Nambale).

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