Governor appears before NCIC for grilling over Moi VC saga

Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago was today grilled by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) detectives over hate talk surrounding the appointment of Moi university vice chancellor.

Mandago was summoned to appear before the commission for grilling and statement recording over his alleged sentiments suggesting that Moi University would not be led by an ‘outsider’.

He drove to NCIC offices at about 11am in the company of two lawyers and left the premises at around 2 pm after three hours of grilling.

Though declining to reveal what he was questioned, Governor Mandago told the media that he would not relent on his call to have Moi University Vice Chancellor appointed on merit.

He challenged NCIC chairperson Francis Ole Kaparo to run the commission on facts and desist from using heresy from the media to accuse him of hate speech.

“Mr. Kaparo must not use heresy from the media and accuse me of hate speech. Let him use facts and facts only. On Moi University VC, it must be on merit and merit only,” said Mandago.

Together with Elgeo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos they were accused spilling hatred venom against non Rift residents.

They appeared before the DCI late last month.

The North Rift politicians wanted Professor Isaac Kosgey, not Ayiro, appointed as he “topped interviews”.

“This is a misconception created which we wish to correct. At no time did we say or imply that we wanted our own to lead the University. We regret the fact that we have been branded tribalists, which we are not,” the two leaders have since defended themselves.

The governors reiterated their earlier stand that they stood for merit in the appointment of the next Moi University Vice Chancellor (VC) and demanded that the recruitment process be immediately made public to end the ongoing speculations.

They added that their presence at the University was to quell tensions that had swelled between the administration and employees who had staged a demonstration at the institution.

“We wish to state that we did not go to Moi University to do anything else but to quell a demonstration and confrontations that had already broken out. This is something Kenyans are not being told,” they said.

 

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