Egerton VC suspended as varsity Council opens up investigations on claims of graft
SEE ALSO :Kenya Power profit drops to Sh1.9billionMr Ondari confirmed that Mwonya has been suspended but was quick to add that the council has commenced internal investigations into the alleged gross misconduct. “It is true that the council met and made some decisions, which include what you (reporter) are inquiring. We have told her take a compulsory leave to allow us investigate the allegations,” Ondari said. The suspension of Mwonya was long overdue following numerous complaints from representatives of university workers who wrote several letters to the council accusing her mismanagement of funds, misplaced priorities, lack of visions for the univeristy among other issues. Mwonya is accused of authorizing construction of a Sh70 million gate at the Njoro campus, which was never a priority for the institution that was facing serious financial problems. Under her watch, the university authorized the construction of an electric fence at the cost of Sh44 million, which has never worked since its installation about an year ago.
SEE ALSO :DCI blunders in the Kenya Power caseShe is also facing allegations of pumping a whopping Sh180 million on the institution’s Ngongongeri farm in Njoro, with no returns. The stroke that broke the camel back was the scandal involving scholarship for students, which was allegedly orchestrated by one senior official at the university with the full knowledge of the vice chancellor. The council will be investigating allegations that some students who were not eligible to be admitted for government sponsored degree programs , found their way to the university after being ‘assisted’ by the senior official who was sometime back suspended by the council over the issue. Mwonya made history when she was appointed the first-ever female Vice-Chancellor of Egerton University — the esteemed 76-year-old institution of higher learning that was elevated to a full-fledged university in 1987. Mwonya took over from Prof James Tuitoek in 2015 to become the fifth vice-chancellor of the institution that currently has four campuses and 25,000 students.