KU Vice-Chancellor Tells Staff, Students To Ignore Current Administration
Staff and students at Kenyatta University have been told not to take orders from the current administration due to allegations that it is not legitimately in power.
In a letter to KU staff and students, embattled Vice-Chancellor Prof Paul Wainaina stated that the current university council, chaired by Prof Chrispus Kiamba, is illegally constituted and cannot conduct business on behalf of the university.
On Friday, the Environment and Lands Court granted the government permission to seize 410 acres of university land.
Justice Oscar Angote dismissed the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) case, stating that the KU Council was justified in allowing the government to take the land.
“The court is satisfied that the re-planning process outlined in the government request was for the benefit of the university, the hospital,, and residents,” ruled Justice Angote
Wainaina, on the other hand, has informed KU staff and students that they have filed an appeal against the court’s decision.
“The said case’s dismissal has been appealed under a certificate of urgency, even as we await verdicts in several other cases filed to seek redress.”
“All I can say at this point is that justice will be served soon,” the letter begins.
“The former University Council and I were illegally hounded out of office for resisting Executive impunity to surrender 410 acres of Kenyatta University land without regard to laid out procedures and our 10-year Strategic and Vision Plan.”
Wainaina claimed that the current council and the Acting VC were handpicked to allow the excision of 410 acres of university land and that they gave the State the disputed land’s title deed despite an existing court order.
“The current Council and Acting Vice-Chancellor were hand-picked to quickly do what we refused to do; surrender 410 acres of KU land to the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning.
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“Despite a Court Order against any further dealings on the land in dispute,” said Wainaina
“They wasted no time in ceding the same in letters to Harambee and Ardhi houses, which they backdated to the date the Order was issued. This is blatant contempt of court and justice will be served soon.”