Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof Stephen Kiama, has dismissed reports linking him to Tanga Tanga, an amorphous group within the Jubilee Party linked to Deputy President William Ruto.

When he was appointed in April, Prof Kiama was linked to Ruto and even Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha, suspended his appointment at some point.

However, in an exclusive interview with a local daily, Kiama credited his rise to become UoN’s eighth Vice-Chancellor to merit, hard work and focus.

“My appointment was on merit, merit and merit alone…”

“I have never met Number 2 and I am not a political project,” Kiama said, referring to Ruto.

Kiama rubbished the idea that he had political blessings or a godfather as propaganda.

“I was shortlisted and it was in the public domain but nobody said anything until my appointment.”

“The minute you’ve been shortlisted, it means you have what it takes to take up the position.”

“Any of those shortlisted could rise to be the top candidate,” he said.


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