Task force formed to investigate senior lecturer accused of soliciting funds unlawfully
SEE ALSO :Tackling Corruption: Lessons from BrazilAccording to the Senate, the information on the CBO’s website has caused confusion at the university and that the lecturer would be punished if found culpable. The lecturer is also being investigated for allegedly giving himself the title of a professor against the law. The university has denied elevating the lecturer to the status of a professor. The task force has 14 days to come up with its findings. Vice Chancellor Fredrick Otieno said for the past one year, the university has been concerned about reports that the CBO had partnered with the institution to raise funds for putting up the medical school. Prof Otieno said there was no connection between the CBO and the university, adding that the School of Medicine is a structured Senate project whose academic programmes were discussed, enacted and forwarded to Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board for accreditation. The vice chancellor added that the lecturer has never been appointed to the position of professor. “His correct title should be Dr," he said. Divert attention But Charles Chunge, the current dean of the medical school, said Western Community Health Association (Wecohas) was planning to start a school of medicine in Western, but the university was opposed to it. “All sorts of stories are being created to divert attention and frustrate these efforts. I have a five-year contract given to me by the University Council to start the School of Medicine. I am a specialist doctor with very many genuine qualifications,” said Chunge. “MMUST School of Medicine is not related to Wecohas but the CBO intends to create facilities that will support any university in training medical students, including MMUST,” he added. Chunge said he has seven university degrees from internationally recognised universities, and claims that he is not a professor are pure witch-hunt.