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UoN Students Call for Reinstatement of VC Kiama

  • May 28, 2024
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UoN Students Call for Reinstatement of VC Kiama

On Monday, students at the University of Nairobi (UoN) held peaceful demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction over the forced leave of Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Kiama, orchestrated by the University Council. The council’s chairman, Professor Amukowa Anangwe, has attempted to oust Professor Kiama at least three times, escalating tensions between the student body and the university administration.

Ojiambo, the student council governor, passionately defended Professor Kiama against accusations of office misuse levied by Rocha Madzao, the president of the student council. Ojiambo dismissed these allegations as baseless and called for their immediate rejection. He further alleged that the University of Nairobi Student Association (UNSA) was being politically manipulated to serve the interests of certain individuals within the institution.

Advocating for Professor Kiama’s right to complete his term, Ojiambo emphasized the need for a lawful transition of power once his tenure ends. “The University Council must adhere to the court’s ruling allowing Professor Kiama to serve out his term while investigations into the allegations proceed,” he insisted. The student body firmly believes that the stability of the University of Nairobi depends on Professor Kiama’s continued leadership and demands a proper resolution of their grievances.

The student council has also called for the immediate resignation of Professor Amukowa Anangwe, the University Chairman, holding him responsible for intensifying the current unrest within the university. They argue that his actions have only served to exacerbate the existing tensions and undermine the institution’s stability.

These student-led demonstrations highlight a broader demand for accountability, transparency, and respect for due process within the University of Nairobi’s governance structure. The students assert that peace within the institution will remain unattainable until these issues are effectively addressed.

This unrest follows Professor Kiama’s rejection of the council’s leave directive, asserting his prerogative to decide when to take breaks from office. He pointed out the lack of ratified council meetings as a basis for his refusal to comply with the directive.

The situation at the University of Nairobi is a clear indicator of the students’ resolve to ensure fair governance and the rightful leadership of Professor Kiama. As the tension continues, all eyes remain on how the university administration will navigate these challenging times and respond to the students’ demands for justice and transparency.



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