Maasai Mara University Vice-Chancellor Prof Mary Walingo has been replaced following following an exposé by Citizen TV of grand embezzlement of funds at the institution.
Prof Walingo has been sent on a compulsory leave by the university counsel and the institutions Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) in charge of Academic Affairs appointed to the position in an acting capacity.
Professor Kitche Magak has been appointed as her replacement in acting capacity and will be at the helm for three months as her predecessor undergoes investigation.
The new acting Vice Chancellor is a senior professor at the School of Arts.
Her appointment was met with mixed feelings with members of the staff saying that she was close to the embattled VC and might therefore compromise the integrity of the ongoing probe.
Prof Walingo, the school finance officer Anaclet Okumu and Walingo’s driver Abdi Noor Hassan are accused of embezzling over Ksh190 million belonging to the institution.
She is expected back at the DCI headquarters on Monday next week after she told the investigators that she needed more time to prepare the documents needed for the case.