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Prof Stephen Kiama, whose appointment as University of Nairobi’s Vice Chancellor was revoked on Friday, January 17  says he will stay put.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Friday cancelled Prof Kiama’s appointment without giving any reasons.

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In his place, he appointed Isaac Meroka (the current  Deputy VC (Finance, Planning and Development) to fill the VC’s position, pending appointment of a substantive person to succeed Prof Peter Mbithi.

However, in a statement to staff and students on Saturday, January 18, Prof Kiama said “for the avoidance of doubt, my appointment still subsists”.

Kiama insisted he was lawfully and validly appointed and will continue to discharge his duties.

He thanked the university fraternity for maintaining calm despite “disturbing news circulating in the media”.

“In the face of these developments, I urge you to continue to remain calm and maintain the peace and order that has subsisted since my appointment,” he said.

“Do not be given to acts of lawlessness as the peace and stability of the university are important to us all. As such, I continue in diligent service as your vice-chancellor and remain available to you all for guidance and direction.”

However, Prof Madara Ogot, the acting DVC of finance, planning and development, dispatched another statement to staff, cancelling Tuesday’s planned installation of Prof Kiama as VC.

Later on Saturday, Prof Mbeche issued an internal memo in which he said he regretted Prof ‘s Kiama’s remarks.

In a statement signed by him, Mbeche said that official communication is only from the office of the VC.

“I am now directing that all communication from the Vice-Chancellor will come from the undersigned,” he said.

“Please be guided accordingly and ensure full compliance.”

Prof Kiama had been appointed  to the position of VC on January 5 this year and was to serve for a period of five years

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