Kenyan appointed Vice-Chancellor of South African University
By Vincent Kejitan | May 15th 2020
Prof Peter Mbati was this week appointed the Vice-Chancellor
of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in South Africa.
Mbati, a distinguished scholar, holds a Ph.D. in Biological
and Biomedical Sciences from Kenyatta University and previously served as the
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Venda in South Africa.
On Thursday, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya was quick
to congratulate him on his appointment, describing him as a son of the soil as
he hails from Mumias East.
“I am very delighted to learn of your well-deserved
appointment to the position of VC of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
“The awesome achievement is a source of inspiration and
pride for not only your peers, friends and family, but also for your
compatriots in Kenya,” said the governor.
In a statement on their website, the university said Mbati
was appointed after a thorough and rigorous process and he will assume his role
on June 1, 2020.
Sefako Makgatho stated that contrary to reports that Mbati
was hurriedly appointed, the recruitment process started in late 2019 and the
scholar beat a number of candidates to the position.
The statement further affirmed that Mbati has no criminal record
and was considered fit to lead the institution.
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“Council is of the firm view that Prof Mbati is the right
person for the position of Vice-Chancellor. His impeccable credentials and
performance record as an institutional leader for more than a decade puts him
in good stead to lead the University.
“He is an accomplished scholar and researcher in his
discipline, and has the capacity to take SMU to greater heights. Council did
probe allegations levelled against Prof Mbati during his tenure as a
Vice-Chancellor at another South African university,” read the statement.
Adding: “Council was satisfied that those allegations were
tested in a court of law, and Prof Mbati was found not guilty by any court of
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