Union tells varsity leaders to end wrangles

By: WANDERI KAMAU

A union has called for an end to the wrangles that have rocked University of Nairobi’s leadership.

The institution’s branch of the Universities Academic Staff Union says the infighting pitting Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi against one of his deputies, Prof Bernard Njoroge, are tainting its image.

“The university is bigger than any individual. We, therefore, call on the two to resolve their differences quickly so the university can move forward,” said branch secretary-general George Omondi.

Dr Omondi said the union would not take sides in the wrangles.

Prof Mbithi and Prof Njoroge, who is the deputy vice-chancellor for finance and administration, have been at loggerheads since April.

Prof Mbithi is accusing his deputy of insubordination, while Prof Njoroge is accusing his boss of high-handedness and taking over his functions in an effort to control the institution’s finances.

Last month, Prof Mbithi threatened to “discipline” his deputy over alleged insubordination.

Both have appeared before the parliamentary Committee on Education and made the same accusations.

But in a meeting on October 30 with Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi, they agreed to resolve their issues amicably.