University of Nairobi Vice-chancellor Peter Mbithi has written to the council seeking a second term.
In a letter dated May 19 and addressed to council chairperson Julia Ojiambo, Prof Mbithi has outlined several achievements during his first term.
But the University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) says Prof Mbithi has achieved nothing, and has accused him of spending Sh20 million on furniture for his office when the institution is in “financial distress”.
Uasu UON chapter secretary George Omondi said the university is insolvent because of Prof Mbithi’s incompetence and claimed that he was intimidating lecturers to support his push to have his contract extended.
The VC was appointed on December 1, 2014 and took up the position on January 6, 2015 for a five-year term that ends in January next year.
The law requires that vice-chancellors state in writing to the council their interest in being reappointed at least six months before the expiry of a running contract.
“I, therefore, take this opportunity to convey my interest and willingness to be considered for reappointment for a second and final term as the Vice-chancellor of the University of Nairobi,” he said in the letter.
Among the gains Prof Mbithi says the university has made under his leadership is an improvement in its global ranking, which saw it move from the ninth position in Africa in 2014 (1,167 in the world) to fifth in Africa (621 in the world). He added that this leap in rankings is remarkable and confirms the management’s commitment to being the best university in Africa within the next five years.
Other projects he takes credit for are the recently completed and occupied first phase of the Wangari Maathai campus, the university tower and the UON Confucius Institute.
Prof Mbithi said if reappointed, he will continue to work with the council to propel the university to greater heights of scholarly excellence.