Heavyweights fight for Moi University chancellor’s post

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Former Equity Chairman Peter Munga

Moi University Alumni Association will on Friday, November 30, rank the nominee for the chancellor’s position from a list of academic and political heavyweights submitted by the institution’s senate.
The university senate declared the position vacant on September 18 via an advertisement in the local dailies.
Subsequently, the senate invited applicants for the position and shortlisted Peter Munga, Julius King’etich, Ratemo Micheka, Miriam Were and Edward Rege. The Alumni Association will rank the five nominees and the one who will get the highest scores will be appointed the chancellor.
Prof Were was appointed the Moi University chancellor on September 23 2013 by Uhuru Kenyatta to replace Betwell Ogot.
She is a medical doctor, public health specialist, teacher and publisher. She was born on April 12 1940.
Were chaired the Kenya’s National Aids Control Council and the board of Amref (Africa Medical and Research Foundation) and numerous other boards.
She graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Nairobi, being awarded the Best All-Round Graduating Medical Student Prizes.
She worked in the ministry of Health before joining the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nairobi on her journey to teaching Public Health.
She has received many honours and awards in her professional life.
Peter Munga is businessman and entrepreneur in Kenya.
He is the immediate past group chairman of the Equity Bank Group, the largest bank holding company on the African continent, by customer numbers, with over 9.2 million customers as of June 31 2014.
He is reported to be one of the wealthiest individuals in Kenya, with a personal net worth exceeding US$100 million as of February 2014.
Munga was born in Kangema in Muranga in 1943. He went to Gaichanjiru High School. He received an honourary doctor of philosophy degree from University of Nairobi. He is a business partner of William Ruto.
Julius Kipngetich is currently the regional chief executive Jubilee Holdings.
He served as chief executive officer of Uchumi Supermarkets Limited since August 3 2015 until November 30, 2017.
Kipng’etich also served as the chief operating officer of Equity Group Holdings Limited until September 4 2015 and served as its executive director from June 27 2008 to January 5 2015.
He has served as the chief executive officer of Kenya Wildlife Service. He is a board member of the Standard Group.
Ratemo Michieka is a member of staff at the University of Nairobi and has specialised in Agriculture (Weed Science) and Environmental Sciences.
He obtained his BSc, MA, and PhD in Weed Science and Environment from Rutgers University, USA.
He went for a postdoctoral training at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture prior to his appointment at the University of Nairobi as a lecturer in 1980.
He later became the founding vice-chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where he served for 13 years.
Michieka was later appointed the director general of the National Environment Management Authority.
He has published widely in local and international journals, has written three books, one on the taxonomy of the East African Weeds which is translated in Kiswahili. He is a Fellow and Honourary Secretary of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences and a chairman of the Kenyatta University Council.
Edward Rege is a veterinary scientist who previously worked with Ilrad in both Ethiopia and Kenya.
His is the younger stepbrother to the former Karachunyo MP James Rege. He is credited for having contributed a lot towards cultural and sporting activities in Ndhiwa as well as financially supporting socio-economic project in the constituency

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