Meru University Fire VC over Poor Performance
Meru University of Science and Technology has dismissed their Vice-Chancellor Prof Romanus Odhiambo due to poor performance.
In a letter dated the 28th of February 2023, the University Council evaluated Odhiambo’s performance and found it to be below their expectations.
The University Council elected not to renew Odhiambo’s contract as requested in his letter dated the 20th of December 2022.
The decision was arrived at during a council meeting held on the 27th of February, 2023 and communicated to Odhiambo in the letter.
Rosin Mwebi, the Council’s Chairperson stated through the letter that Odhiambo was not authorized to transact on any capital project in the institution and directed the VC to restrict his operations to only personal emoluments and recurrent expenditure.
In addition, Odhiambo was told to go on his pending leave of 121 days once a suitable replacement is identified.
Odhiambo had served in his position as the Vice-Chancellor of Meru University since July 2018 when he was appointed by the Former Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.
However, allegations of mismanagement and abuse of power tainted his tenure with faculty and students alike accusing him of interfering with their freedoms and rights.
Meru University Staff staged demonstrations on Monday accusing Odhiambo of illegalities and impunity in the recruitment of various staff.
They demanded that the institution’s Nairobi campus be closed. They also claimed that the council’s budget was larger than the academic budget itself due to numerous and unnecessary trips.
The dismissal of Odhiambo serves as a warning to all other leaders of institutions that they need to act rightly and take responsibility for their actions.