Suspended KU VC Prof Paul Wainaina Returns
Kenyatta University vice-chancellor Paul Wainaina has been reinstated today.
According to government and university sources, Prof. Wainaina’s return occurred after parties involved in the dispute that led to his departure signed an agreement to withdraw court cases.
“God has used the new government to allow wrongs to be rectified using our fundamental principles. The 410 acres is still intact and the title is with us,” said Wainaina.
The Vice-Chancellor was suspended on July 12 after a dispute with the university council and State House over the sub-division of the university’s land for use by the Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH) to set up a World Health Organization logistics hub — the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Kamae squatters.
Previously, he had been suspended for 30 days “pending investigations” into allegations of “acts of misconduct,” but court filings had delayed the matter’s resolution.
The council was also thrown out, and a new one was put in place to make it easier to move the land.
However, subsequent court cases and the general election rendered the plan ineffective.
Prof. Waceke Wanjohi has been the acting VC since the suspension of Prof. Wainaina. Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi Crispus Kiamba leads the new council.
Prof. Wainaina’s return will mark yet another reversal of former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decisions.
Prof. Wainaina’s appointment to the Presidential Working Group on Education Reforms, which has been collecting public feedback over the past month, was the first sign that he is in good standing with the Kenya Kwanza government.
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The suspended VC and the council argued that the subdivision of the land was not in the university’s best interest.
According to a letter written by former Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, KUTRRH, which is related to the university but now works as a parastatal, was to get 180 acres, WHO 30 acres, ACDC 10 acres, and Kamae squatters 190 acres.
The WHO plans to set up a Sh600 million emergency hub to help with its regional work.