The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi Thursday threatened to take disciplinary action against one of his four deputies for alleged insubordination.
Wrangles between Prof Mbithi and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Administration and Finance Bernard Njoroge have spilled into the public domain and are the subject of investigation by the National Assembly’s Committee on Education.
Prof Mbithi, on Thursday, appeared before the committee, chaired by Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege, and gave his side of the story, which countered allegations levied against him by his deputy, who appeared before the committee last week.
The university boss denied having taken over the role of his deputy, saying all he did was to direct that a decision made by Prof Njoroge had to be approved by himself as the accounting officer and head of the institution.
“The university charter and statutes specify that the vice-chancellor is the accounting officer and is responsible for guiding the administration of the university,” he said.
The VC told the committee that should the “gross misconduct and insubordination” persist, he would take disciplinary action, according to university statutes.
Prof Mbithi, however, said he was willing to try to work with his deputy and try to resolve their differences, even though Prof Njoroge had indicated that he was not keen on working with his boss, whom he accused of making his office “obsolete”.
On Thursday, MPs questioned the use of over Sh18 million to refurbish the VC’s residence, including purchasing of new furniture.
Committee Vice-Chairman Julius Melly wondered why new furniture had to be bought.
Source: Daily Nation