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October 19, 2018

Ignore us at your own risk, Meru university students tell VC recruiters

Education CS Amina Mohamed addresses a press briefing at Meru University after sending VC Japheth Magambo on terminal leave pending the expiry of his contract in June. /FILE
Education CS Amina Mohamed addresses a press briefing at Meru University after sending VC Japheth Magambo on terminal leave pending the expiry of his contract in June. /FILE

A standoff is looming at Meru University of Science and Technology as students want to be included in the recruitment of a new Vice Chancellor.

Their demands have led to uncertainty and inconsistency in learning.

Student's union chairman Wangila Wabomba on Thursday said they will take mass action if the institution does not involve them in the VC appointment process.

"The eviction of the former VC Magambo came at a cost of life, brutal injury and several nights in jail. Anybody thinking that they can ignore the supreme voice of students in the ongoing process of acquiring the new VC is not only misguided but also having wishful thoughts. Comrades will play the cornerstone role in the process. An imposter will be met by massive, intensive and Tsunamic rejection, thereafter immediate eviction," Wabomba told the Star on phone on Thursday.

Read: Amina sends Meru University VC on leave after student killing

The University Council is in the process of recruiting a new VC after advertising the position.

Former VC Prof. Japhet Magambo was sent on Compulsory terminal leave by education cabinet secretary Amina Muhamed after unending unrests that led to the shooting of council leader during demonstrations.

Amina directed that Deputy Vice-Chancellor Charity Gichuki takes over.

Gichuki had been serving as Deputy VC in charge of finance and administration.

Amina asked her to work hard to stabilise the unrest at the institution.

"We encourage the acting VC to engage with other stakeholders, including the community and students, regularly to uplift the university," Amina said then.

On February 27, student's secretary general Evans Njoroge alias Kidero was brutally killed defending the rights of his fellow students.

The perpetrator is yet to be arrested.

Njoroge (deceased) among other students had accused Magambo of deplorable infrastructure, misappropriation of funds and hiked school fees.

The protests had disrupted learning for a whole academic year. It is ongoing.

The institution's SAMU President said the new VC must meet the interests of the students.

He said there must be consequences if students are left out in decision making to get another VC.

Also read; [VIDEO] Police accused of killing Meru University student leader

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