Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, has renewed the tenure of Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST), for an additional five years
A statement released by the university on Monday, August 7, announced the renewal of Prof. Odhiambo’s tenure, citing his outstanding leadership during his initial term.
“After an exemplary first term marked by remarkable achievements and transformative initiatives, Prof Romanus Odhiambo’s tenure has been renewed.”
“As we embark on this new chapter, the Meru University of Science and Technology community expresses its heartfelt congratulations to Prof Romanus Odhiambo and looks forward to witnessing continued growth and positive impact of the university under his visionary leadership,” reads the statement in part.
Prof. Odhiambo assumed the position in July 2018, having been appointed by the former Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Amina Mohamed.
However, earlier this year in March, the university council had initially declined to renew Prof. Odhiambo’s contract due to underwhelming performance that led to student unrest and the subsequent indefinite closure of the university.
“The university council, in its meeting held on February 27, 2023, evaluated your performance and found it to be below expectations. Therefore, the council declined to renew your contract as requested in your letter dated December 20, 2022,” Stated the Council’s chair Prof Bosire Mwebi in a letter dated February 27, 2023.
Prof. Odhiambo contended that the decision to terminate his contract prematurely, before its July 2023 expiry, was politically motivated.
In response, CS Ezekiel Machogu swiftly ordered the reinstatement of Prof. Odhiambo.
“The University Council is directed to facilitate Prof. Odhiambo’s resumption of office as Vice-Chancellor with immediate effect and, in any case, not later than close of business on March 7, 2023.” Machogu Stated.
Machogu said the decision by the council to send Odhiambo on terminal leave and appoint an acting VC was ill-timed and unlawful.
“The ministry directs the university council to rescind the decision to send Odhiambo on terminal leave and to appoint an acting VC,” Machogu said.