Embattled Kenyatta University VC Wainaina Reinstated

The dismissal of Paul Wainaina, a former vice chancellor of Kenyatta University, has been overturned by the Employment and Labour Court. 

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

The institution title deeds were requested by Kinyua in a letter dated July 4; the request was denied, which is what caused Wainaina’s troubles. 

“This Honourable Court be pleased to issue a temporary order suspending the implementation of the decision contained in the letter dated 12th July 2022 by 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,” Judge Jacob Gakeri added.

Waceke Wanjohi, who even presided over the graduation on Friday, took the place of Wainaina. 

Additionally, the university has a new council with members Jane Wamoko, Carilus Odumbe, Maj. Gen (Rtd) Bashir Yussuf, Andrew Nyanchoga, and Alice Muita. The council is chaired by Crispus Kiamba. 

The modifications were made to allow for the transfer of the contested parcel of land. It was made clear in a statement by former KU council chair Shem Migot Adhola that the council’s responsibility was to manage university assets. 

This indicates that only the council has the authority to approve the transfer of land ownership or the use of the land by any investors.