The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Kenyatta University (KU), Prof. Paul Wainaina, has embarked on an indefinite leave.

As of April 15, 2024, Professor Waceke Wanjohi, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, will serve as the Acting VC.

In a notice addressed to the university staff, Prof. Wainaina announced his decision to take a break.

However, Prof. Wainaina did not specify the duration of his leave.

“While I am on leave, the University Council has appointed Prof. Waceke Wanjohi as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University effective April 15, 2024,” wrote Prof. Wainaina.

The notice also urged the university community to collaborate with the acting leader during his tenure.

This is the second time Prof. Waceke is assuming leadership responsibilities after a crisis arose in 2022, just before the national general elections.

Prof. Wainaina became embroiled in a dispute with former President Uhuru Kenyatta over the university’s land use.

The Vice-Chancellor was instructed by the government to allocate a portion of KU’s land for the construction of a Regional Centre for the World Health Organization (WHO).

When he refused to release 200 acres of land, the government dismissed him and replaced the university council leadership.

It was during this period that Prof. Waceke Wanjohi was appointed as the Acting VC, before Prof. Wainaina was reinstated after William Ruto became the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya in 2022.