By Chris Maina-Otieno
Prof Peter Mbithi has emerged the top candidate among the potential candidates to replace long serving University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof George Omore Magoha. Mbithi is the institution’sÂ Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance and Professor of Veterinary Surgery.
Prof Mbithi now awaits Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi to make the final appointment. Until his selection to join Uhuru cabinet, Kaimenyi was a DVC at the institution.
His closest challenger, the plant pathology don, Prof Agnes Mwangâ€™ombe, was ranked second ahead of Â Prof Isaac Mbeche and Prof Lucy Irungu who cameÂ third and fourth respectively. She isÂ Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi.
Prof Mbeche is the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Students Affairs. He is also aÂ Professor in Management Sciences.
Lucy Irungu isÂ Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension and a Professor of Entomology in the School of Biological and Physical Sciences of the University of Nairobi.
While the university decried interference over the selection of the VC, with many vouching for Prof Mbithi, the penalists results will most likely seal any brinksmanship and ‘games’ from the cabinet secretary (read Jubilee government).
Both staff and students had threatened to paralyse activities at the institution should there be overt interference with the selection process. Many students who spoke with this writer are indeed satisfied with the outcome of the interviews.
The ball is now in the cabinet secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi’s court.