NCIC condemns storming of Moi University by politicians over ‘outsider’

The Commission has strongly condemned the actions of a section of North Rift politicians who stormed Moi University over the appointment of an acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Laban Ayiro.

Speaking to the media at a press conference held on 19th September 2016 at the NCIC offices, the NCIC Chairperson, Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo said the leaders’ actions depicted a serious problem in the country where public institutions had been widely ethnicised. He noted that the incident was abhorred, unfortunate and unbecoming. “There is a serious tribalism problem in our universities, and it must be addressed as fast as possible. We cannot sit back and watch as National institutions are turned into ethnic havens,” said Hon. Kaparo. “Every Kenyan has a right to work and live in any part of the country,” he added.

He condemned the two governors - Jackson Mandago, (Uasin Gishu) and Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet) who led MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Silas Tiren (Moiben), James Bett (Kesses) and Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker Isaac Terer in storming the Moi University main campus to protest the appointment of Professor Ayiro, referring to him as an ‘outsider’. Professor Ayiro had been appointed as the acting Vice-Chancellor of Moi University to replace Prof Richard Mibey whose term ended on Monday, September 19th, a move said to have angered the leaders who wanted Professor Isaac Kosgey appointed in the position.

The Commission is currently investigating the incident and we will recommend relevant action against them, should they be found to have contravened the provisions of the NCI Act,” Kaparo said

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