The newly appointed University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Stephen Kiama can now heave a sigh of relief after Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha withdrew a case challenging his appointment.
Magoha suspended the appointment of Kiama on grounds that it was done irregularly and proceeded to dissolve the entire council that made the appointment.
In place of Kiama, Magoha appointed Isaach Mbeche as the acting VC, a move that sparked instant leadership wrangles and confrontation at the institution.
Kiama vowed to stay put and secured courts orders barring the CS from effecting the directive to have his appointment revoked. Stephen Kiama’s appointment as University of Nairobi VC was revoked by CS Matiang’i on January 2020.
Judge Maureen Onyango in her Monday, January 20, ruling, ordered that the directive issued by Magoha be temporarily set aside until a petition filed by the embattled VC is heard.
In a subsequent hearing, the court directed Magoha and Kiama to settle the dispute outside the court. Magoha sought 30 days for consultations and deliberations on the matter with the petitioner before filing a joint agreement.
On Thursday, the CS submitted an agreed-upon document affirming the two parties had resolved the matter and requested the judge to mark the case as settled.