The Council of Kenyatta University has rejected a Court order to reinstate Vice Chancellor Paul Wainaina. Waceke Wanjohi, who even presided over the graduation on Friday, took the place of Wainaina.

The council clarified in a statement that acting VC Waceke Wanjohi will remain in that position. The statement reads, “This is to urge all students and staff to accord her the necessary support.” Chrispus Kiamba, the head of the council, signed the declaration on August 5.

A decision to fire Paul Wainaina, a former vice chancellor of Kenyatta University, had been put on hold by the Employment and Labor Court.

Wainaina had been fired for failing to comply with Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua’s request.

Kinyua had written a letter on July 4 instructing the council to hand over the institution’s title deeds, a request that was turned down, resulting in Wainaina’s troubles.

Prof. Wainaina challenged the Council through a petition to the employment and labor relations Court.

The Court, however, issued an order suspending his dismissal pending the outcome of the case.

The court ordered that the institution refrain from advertising the VC’s position until the case was resolved.

Judge Jacob Gakeri issued the following order in response to the petition: “This Honorable Court be pleased to issue a temporary order suspending the implementation of the decision contained in the letter dated July 12, 2022, from Professor Crispus Kiamba suspending, terminating, and/or dismissing the Petitioner from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, rendering his position vacant, and/or revoking his salary.”

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