Company Unveils New Council as Independent Taskforce Exits
Precisely three months since it was commissioned on April 25, the Independent Taskforce has handed over the report of its findings to its appointing authority – the Daystar Company – as the Company Chair Rev. Dr. Macmillan Kiiru unveiled a new University Council.
The Independent Taskforce handed over its report to Rev. Dr. Macmillan Kiiru at a special Chapel held at the Nairobi Campus today at 11:00 am. In his remarks, Rev. Dr. Kiiru said the new Council will be commissioned on Tuesday July 31, at the Athi River Campus. The Taskforce Chair Prof. Henry Thairu was accompanied by his vice-chair Mrs. Rose-Ngara Muraya, and Rev. Dr. Matthews Mwalw’a, representing the representing the rest of the Taskforce members.
Speaking to members of the Management Board yesterday July 23 and later today at the Special Chapel, Rev. Dr. Macmillan Kiiru commended the Taskforce for the work it had accomplished, stating that its report contained a raft of recommendations along with timelines for implementation.
Top on the list of changes expected immediately is the recontitution of the University Council by the appointment of a new Council to implement the recommendations of the Taskforce report, handed to the Company Chair today during the Nairobi Campus Chapel.
Rev. Dr. Kiiru confirms that the appointment of the new Council is complete. The new 7-member Council comprises two new members, two old members and three members drawn from the Independent Taskforce. These are:-
- Bishop Oscar Muriu of the Nairobi Chapel,
- Mrs. Nyambura Musyimi, an Advocate;
- Mr. Desmond Mtula (previously chair of the Finance Committee of the old Council);
- CPA Donald Odera (previously chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of the old Council);
- Dr. Erastus Muriithi,
- Mrs. Lillian Ogola
- Prof. Henry Moses Thairu
Prof. Thairu will serve as Chair of the new University Council, appointed to serve for one year during wihich time it will implement the Taskforce recommendations, the CUE Exit report, and ensure a full Council is in place..
Other key recommendations in the report of the Independent Taskforce include
- The lifting of suspensions of student and staff leaders;
- The lifting of the suspension of student and staff associations;
- The establishment of a governance charter to ensure smooth relationships of all governance organs;
- Addressing of issues affecting students’ academic concerns and welfare in relation to sports and halls of residence at the Athi River campus;
- Implementation of recommendations of the Forensic Investigation report and the CUE Exit report;
- Restoration of the biblical relevance of Chapel time in the University and seeking the participation of all staff, students and other stakeholders in the Christian life of the University; raising the profile and status of the Chaplaincy; and
- Restoring, with God’s help, trust and confidence, reconciliation and forgiveness as a basis of healing at the University.
In the Mid-term, the new Council will pursue the recruitment of a new Vice Chancellor. “This will need to be handled professionally, paying due attention to getting on board a person with balanced temperaments and emotional intelligence, one who can provide strategic leadership during these challenging times for the university,” said Rev. Dr. Kiiru.
He also underscored the need to urgently put in place a Conflict of Interest Policy. As such, all governance members and senior staff will be required to sign and abide by statements of integrity in the conduct of university business as stipulated in the Universities Act 2012 and revised 2016 clause 64. All senior members of the University will be required to sign a code of conduct that befits a Christian Institution. Further, the new Council will guide in the necessary restructuring of the University to provide the appropriate governance structure for the Athi River Campus and decide on the seat of the University.
It will also review and rationalize all projects of the University to ensure optimum use of University resources while ensuring prudent financial management at all levels of the University.
In the long-term, the Council will work on the University governance instruments to ensure stability at all levels and to meet the obligations of the Commission for University Education and other government authorities.
Rev. Dr. Kiiru urges all the governance bodies of the university including students and staff to work together in total commitment to God and with the interest of Daystar University at heart.