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Mugenda to remain as VC, Judge orders

Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Olive Mugenda will continue to discharge her duties instead of proceeding on terminal leave pending the recruitment of her successor.

This follows the Employment and Labour Relations Court extension on Monday of orders which reinstated her for two weeks.

Justice Nduma Nderi had on January 5, suspended a directive issued by Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa on December 18, last year, that the VC should go on her six-month leave while the recruitment of her successor goes on.

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But Justice Nderi on Monday ruled that the suspended directive should stand, and that Ms Mugenda should continue serving as the VC.

“The court hereby extends my earlier orders,’’ the judge said.

Lady Justice Wasilwa had suspended the adverts inviting applications from eligible candidates to fill the vacancy and ordered Ms Mugenda to proceed to take leave.

An activist, Mr Okiya Omtatah, had filed the case claiming that the Education ministry had not advertised her position or sent her on the mandatory six-month leave to facilitate her exit.

NEW VC

Mr Omtatah had sued the Kenyatta University Council, the Education Cabinet Secretary, the state corporation’s advisory committee and the Attorney-General, while seeking that they be ordered to develop a proper criterion for the appointment of another VC.

He argued that Ms Mugenda had completed her mandatory term and should leave office.