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NCIC slams leaders who protested appointment of ‘outsider’ VC at Moi University

The Cohesion and Integration Commission has condemned an incident where two governors and Members of Parliament stormed Moi University to protest the appointment of Prof Laban Ayiro as an acting Vice Chancellor.

The leaders claimed that Prof Ayiro is an ‘outsider’ and want him replaced with Prof Isaac Kosgey.

The protest was led by two governors, Uasin Gishu’s Jackson Mandago and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos.

MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Sila Tiren (Moiben), James Bett (Kesses) and Uasin Gishu county assembly speaker Isaac Terer also took part in the protest.

But NCIC chairman Francis ole Kaparo, in a media briefing, said the protest by the leaders depicts a serious problem in the country where public institutions have been ethnicised in the country.

Only last month, NCIC released a report urging the government to intervene on a trend where public institutions had been ethnicized.

RIGHT TO WORK

Mr Kaparo said all Kenyans have a right to work, study and live anywhere in the country.

He said the Commission will investigate the incident, adding that the politicians would be arrested if found to have contravened the NCIC Act.

Mr Kaparo said the University’s graduation ceremony, scheduled for Friday, will go on as planned, adding that he had had a discussion with Education CS who assured him that the appointment of Prof Ayiro will be upheld.