Society / Education
Thursday, 23 Nov 2017 13:46 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The Kenya Universities Staff Union (KUSU) has called for the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology vice chancellor Prof Frederick Otieno to immediately respect an order by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) which has called for his suspension over alleged abuse of office, corruption and employment regularities at the western Kenya based university.
Addressing the media in Nakuru town, KUSU Secretary General Charles Mukhwaya said that it will be impossible for the EACC to conclusively proceed with its investigations into the alleged corruption if Prof Otieno was still in office.
He said that the vice chancellor neither has legal nor moral authority to continue staying in office even after the EACC recommended for his suspension through a letter written to university’s council.
Pro Otieno is being accused of intimidating staff at the Masinde Muliro University through dismissals, transfers, forced retirement, demotion and even physical assault. Mukhwaya said that the suspension of the VC was long overdue and that workers at the institution had suffered for long under his shrewd leadership.
In a letter dated the 10 November 2017, the EACC wants the Masinde Muliro University Council to suspend Prof Otieno pending the conclusion of investigations. The EACC accuses the VC of intimidating staff who are part of the investigations something the EACC says is contravening the Leadership and Integrity Regulations No 8 of 2015.
“In the course of the investigations, the vice chancellor has intimidated staff involved in the investigations process through transfers, demotions, interdictions and dismissals contrary to the Leadership and Integrity regulation No. 8 of 2015,” reads part of the letter.
Mukhwaya said that should the vice chancellor refuse to vacate office the union will mobilize its members to forcibly remove him from office. The investigations on the vice chancellor have been going on for the past two years.
At the same time Mukhwaya added that the suspension of the Masinde Muliro vice chancellor should sent a warning to other public universities vice chancellors who he accused of intimidating staff who criticize them.
He cited the vice chancellor of the Jaramogi Oginga University Prof Steven Abong who he also accused of intimidating workers at the university.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County