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Career politician Julia Ojiambo 81, seeks top university job

Career politician Julia Ojiambo 81, is among 25 candidates who have been shortlisted for interviews for positions of chairpersons of public universities.

The interviews are set for August 29 at the Ministry of Education headquarters at Jogoo House.

Dr Ojiambo, a presidential running-mate in the 2007 general elections, was first elected MP for Funyula in 1974.

She is the first woman to be appointed Assistant Minister (Housing and Social Services).

Also shortlisted for interview is Timothy Mwangi Kiruhi whose appointed twice as council chairman of University of Nairobi by then Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i was nullified by High Court Judge George Odunga early this year.


A total of 44 candidates applied for the position of council chairperson. Only 25 that have been shortlisted for interviews.

For the position of members of council, a total of 175 candidates submitted their application and 122 have been shortlisted for interviews.

The interviews for council members will be conducted on August 29 and 30.

“Candidates are required to bring along with them original identity card, original academic qualifications, compliance certificates from Higher Education loans board(Helb), Kenya Revenue Authority(KRA), Ethics and Ant-Corruption Commission(EACC) and Directorate of Criminal Investigation(DCI) among others,” said University Education Principal Secretary Prof Collete Suda in an advert.

This will be the first time that the council chairperson and members will be recruited competitively after Ms Amina Mohamed took over the Ministry.


The vacancies were advertised in May this year. Interested candidates for the position of chairperson were required to hold a minimum of an earned PhD degree from a recognised University.

Those seeking to be members of councils were required to hold a minimum of an earned master’s degree (executive master’s are not accepted) from a recognized university.

Justice Odunga ruled that members must be appointed in a prescribed guideline as well as an open process and public interest.