Eldoret residents protest demanding the resignation of Moi University Vice Chancellor, Isaac Kosgey over poor management.
The administration of Moi University has indicated that it is open to having discussions
The administration claims that this is an attempt to improve ties with the community after they recently staged a protest in support of new leadership for the organization.
Senior lecturer Professor Masibo Lumala told reporters on Thursday, November 30, that the administration of the university was prepared to have a conversation with the community in order to resolve a number of issues brought up during the protests.
“We will definitely want to involve the community in the planning and celebration of Moi University at 40 next year. We wouldn’t want to have a scenario where the University has challenges with the local community,” Lumala said.
Lumala further stated that some of the concerns raised by residents had already been addressed.
“It is the University’s desire to see a happy vibrant and empowered community through the opportunities that are available which we are able to offer them,” he added.
Issues raised include allegations of alcohol and drug abuse within Moi University, with accusations that the current VC Kosgey has not adequately addressed these concerns.
This comes after on Monday, September 27, protesters called for the removal of the current Vice Chancellor, Isaac Kosgey, citing alleged poor management and leadership at the university.
“The Vice-Chancellor must go home. There is alcohol and drug abuse inside Moi University and the man in charge of leading the University cannot be bothered to snuff out the issue,” a local said.
During the protests, the residents apologized to former Vice Chancellor, Laban Ayiro over his discourteous ouster from office.
Community leader Richard Tarus expressed regret for not recognizing his merits during his tenure adding that Ayiro was the most effective leader Moi University had witnessed.
“I want to apologize on behalf of the locals to Laban Ayiro. He was the right person to be elected as Moi University’s Vice-Chancellor. We ask for forgiveness without any fear,” said Tarus.
Ayiro, initially appointed as acting VC in 2015 by then Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, faced challenges during his subsequent three-year term.
Opposition from North Rift leaders, including figures like former Elgeyo Marakwet governor Alex Tolgos, MP Oscar Sudi, and Senator Jackson Mandago, contested Ayiro’s appointment, advocating for their preferred candidate, Prof. Isaac Kosgey.
After leaving Moi University, Ayiro assumed the position of VC at Daystar University in 2019.
Additionally, Ayiro was honored with the Best Vice Chancellor in Kenya award at the Uongozi Awards on November 24.