Barely a day after Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i appointed Laban Ayiro as the acting vice-chancellor of Moi University,Rift Valley residents, led by Governor Mandago,have rejected the appointment.
The locals protested on Tuesday and called for revocation of the appointment. They also requested Dr Matiangi to appoint a Kalenjin to head the university.
Led by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos, , MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Silas Tiren (Moiben), James Bett (Kesses) and Isaac Terer Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker, the leaders vowed to stop the University’s 32nd graduation ceremony slated for Thursday and Friday until Matiangi do something.
The leaders indirectly said they didn’t want a Luo to head the institution after referring Prof Ayiro as an outsider. Instead they want Prof Mibey,whose term has expired to resume duty or be succeeded by another Kalenjin,who they believe will be “friendly”.