Its Friday and so its Friday Briefing,welcome to the most comprehensive coverage here on Magazine Reel,Kenyans Best Online campus news site. A few hours ago,the high court thwarted Egerton universities plans of recruiting a new Vice Chancellor following an application by a senior Administrators at the Njoro based university. Whats the bottom line? whats the chronicles to this new development?whats the way forward?. Well,On Friday Briefing today,we seek to answer the above questions ,we give the story a new angle.Friday Briefing begins now.
On 28th July this year,in a communication addressed to Newsrooms and published on all local dailies,the position of the vice chancellor of Egerton university was declared vacant and suitable candidates called to apply.The students then begun talking, expressing their stand on who they thought would be the next best option. From their conversation,it was a four horse race between Professor Alexandre Kahi,Professor Munene Njenga,Professor Rose Mwonya, and Professor Sang. Until yesterday when the court made the ruling,Kahi was the students favorite,but what really happened?
Deputy vice chancellor Administrative and finance, professor Munene Njenga moved to court blocking the process. What hit Professor Munene hard is the fact that the university council had dramatically changed the threshold for the candidates. Initially the bar was at applicants with a ten year experience in research and academics, then suddenly, it was raised even to ten years of administration,a move that was definitely going to leave some candidates out in the cold.
But why did the university senate change the requirements on the last minute?Was there a plot to lock Munene out of the list? Earlier on he had hinted that the university council Chairman had allegedly colluded with others to ensure he doesn’t make the cut.
This is the bottom line,Munene just like other candidates is fit for the post. Normalcy should ring. All the candidates ought to have been shortlisted on grounds of meeting the cut. Its only fair that Egerton University gets a new vice chancellor as soon as possible to take over from Professor Tuitoek and its more fair to have the next occupant appointed on fair grounds with all aspirants given equal treatment and chances in front of the panel.
The university council ought to have done a second advert of the post with the new qualifications and requirements. Its only then that Munene’s claims would be rubbished as mere egocentric claims. The university council therefore should not only communicate to the students as fast as possible on the way forward but also communicate to newsrooms on the current state of affairs.
On that Note we wrap up Friday briefing today,do engage on the comment box. The question is, According to you, is there a plot to Lock Professor Munene out of the Egerton University’s Vice Chancellor Race?. Tell us what you think,you can also hit us on twitter @MagazineReel and @KoyoOdongo. Do have a blessed weekend.