KU Vice Chancellor Paul Wainana Welcomed Back With Joy and Celebration
Student leaders at Kenyatta University welcome Vice Chancellor Paul Wainana to the university.
On Wednesday, the students embraced him with joy and celebration.
This comes after the Employment and Labor Court temporarily halted the decision to fire him.
He was fired initially over allegations concerning a plot of land adjacent to the Kenyatta University Teaching, Research, and Referral Hospital.
This follows orders from the High Court prohibiting any subdivision or interference with ownership of the Kenyatta University land.
Waceke Wanjohi had taken Wainana’s place. Wanjohi is the KU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academics.
Kinyua had written a letter on July 4 instructing the council to hand over the institution’s title deeds, a request that was turned down, resulting in Wainaina’s troubles.
However, the court has now issued an order suspending his dismissal pending the outcome of the case.
“This Honourable Court be pleased to issue a temporary order suspending the implementation of the decision contained in the letter dated 12th July 2022 by Professor Crispus Kiamba in toto suspending, terminating, and/or dismissing the Petitioner from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, rendering his position vacant and/or revoking his salary,” judge Jacob Gakeri.
The court ordered that the institution refrains from advertising the VC’s position until the case was resolved.
“This Honourable Court be pleased to issue a temporary order barring the advertising and/or appointment of any persons as the Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University,” the report reads.
Crispus Kiamba, Jane Wamoko, Carilus Odumbe, Maj. Gen (Rtd) Bashir Yussuf, Andrew Nyanchoga, and Alice Muita are members of the university’s new council.
The changes were made to allow the transfer of the land in question to take place.
Former KU council chair Shem Migot Adhola clarified in a statement that dealing with university assets is the council’s responsibility.
This means that only the council can approve the transfer of land ownership or the use of the land by any investors.
“According to Kenyatta University charter, the council is mandated to administer the property and the funds of the university in a manner and for the purposes which shall promote the interest of the university,” section 18(2) (a) reads.
Adhola was responding to Kinyua’s July 4 letter, which compelled the Vice Chancellor to hand over Kenyatta University title deeds.
In the midst of the ongoing land dispute, the council refused to submit the title deeds.
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“The council will be unable to grant the requested surrender of the title deed to the subject parcel,” the statement says.
Adhola went on to say that the institution had already made preliminary plans for how to use the land.