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Masinde Muliro University defers graduation over leadership crisis

The Masinde Muliro University has indefinitely postponed its 16th graduation ceremony earlier slated for June 11.

Acting registrar academic affairs Prof Thomas Sakwa said that new dates for the event will be announced later.

“During the special Senate meeting held today, June 3, 2021, it was resolved that the l6th  graduation ceremony initially scheduled to take place on June 11 be postponed to a later date due to unavoidable circumstances,” read a memo by at registrar academic affairs Prof Thomas Sakwa.

Meanwhile, Sakwa said that preparations for the graduation ceremony and clearance by graduands are ongoing.

The university does not have a functional council after the employment and Labour Relations Court revoked the appointment of five of the six council members.

In the judgment delivered on April 7, Justice Stephen Radido declared that the decision by the Education CS George Magoha to gazette and consequently appoint Dr Name Musangi as the council chairperson and Stephens Mutoro, Connie Mogaka, Joshua Ogango,  and Githu Kiragu as members on March 20, 2020, contravened the Constitution.

The university has remained without substantive leadership for the last 29 months after the expiry of the term of the former Vice-Chancellor, the late Prof Frederick Otieno in November 2018.

His replacement has been dogged with court cases. The institution has since been led by three VCs in an acting capacity.

Meanwhile, the university Senate has asked the security organs to investigate to a logical conclusion the death of a third-year student at the university on Tuesday night.

Mackrine Achieng’s lifeless body was found outside her room in the Kefinco Estate on Wednesday morning. She was suspected to have been raped before being killed.

The Senate also wants the government to erect high mast security lights in areas where hostels are concentrated to enhance the security of the learners

The Senate also wants to be co-opted in the county security team.

By Darlington Mose

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