Vice-chancellor says he has been fired over land tussle

Kenyatta University (KU) Vice-chancellor Paul Wainaina says he has been relieved of his duties, and the university council dissolved – barely a week since President Uhuru Kenyatta came out with guns blazing over an ongoing land transfer tussle between Kenyatta University and Kenyatta University Hospital, writes Winfrey Owino for The Standard.

In an address to students on Tuesday, the KU boss hinted at a possibility of the current university council being dissolved for refusing to cede land for the World Health Organization project. “This is the last day I’m talking to you as a VC. I understand a new council is being formed to that effect. That has happened because the university council and I refused to cede KU land,” Wainaina said.

While reading a letter to the students, Wainaina said that the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua had written to the institution demanding its vice-chancellor and council surrender part of the land owned by the institution. “The letter by the Head of Public Service Kinyua had directed us to give the land to the hospital after a decision was made by cabinet. We have told the Education CS that the university council doesn’t have the capacity to give land, but to protect it,” Wainaina said. “We told them that the land we have is planned [for] and we even attached the strategic plans we had.

“There was no response,” he added.
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