University of Eldoret VC says most staff from Rift Valley


Riot police disperse demonstrators at the entrance to University of Eldoret on February 12, 2015. PHOTO | FILE

The vice-chancellor of University of Eldoret has rebutted accusations that the institution’s senior management is dominated by her ethic community by releasing a report showing that 75 of the top officials are from the Rift Valley.

The report released Friday shows that Western accounted for 25 per cent of the varsity’s management board and the remaining positions are taken by executives from the Rift Valley.

Nyanza accounts for 13.6 per cent of senior staff, Western 4.5 per cent, Eastern 4.5 per cent and Rift Valley (77.2 per cent).

Senator Isaac Melly (Uasin Gishu) last week led a demonstration at the university to eject the VC, Teresa Akenga on allegations of corruption and nepotism, prompting the indefinite closure of the institution.

The university says Rift Valley accounts for nearly half of its 207 permanent employees, 20.2 per cent (western), 19.8 per cent (Nyanza) and 2.9 per cent (eastern).

The lecturers union on Friday called on the police to offer security to its members at the university following an attack over the allegations.

The organising secretary of the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) Musalia Edebe said the stand-off at the university had put the lecturers in danger.