The Chuka VC accused of fake papers defends himself, struggling to read written statement

The drama surrounding Chuka University Vice-Chancellor Erastus Njoka continues to unfold as it now threatens to turn into a complete joke. The under siege VC struggled to incoherently read a written statement, as the Meru council of elders, popularly known as Njuri Ncheke, threatened to lay a deadly curse the anonymous tipster that led to an investigation into the Chuka University Vice-Chancellor.

When Njoka first hit the national news headlines for being under investigation by EACC for fake academic papers, this caught the entire nation by shock. Such are not the usual accusations that are expected of university professors, and whenever Dons have found themselves in trouble with the ethics body, it’s usually due to an impropriety such as abuse of office or violation of procurement rules.

Speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony held at the university following his being cleared by the ethics body, Njoka struggled to read a written statement, and could hardly get past the word *baseless” which particularly proved to be a mouthful for him. This was while he was claiming that the accusations against him are baseless.

Prof Njoka read sinister motives into the probe, but reiterated that he is still vying for the Tharaka Nithi Governor seat in 2022.

Former Tharaka Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa and other local politicians including Muthomi Micheni and Dr Mutegi Kabisani were present for the thanksgiving event.

Prof Njoka was summoned by the EACC and recently appeared at the agency’s offices in Isiolo town to record a statement.

The probe into VC’s academic papers was over degree certificates he acquired from universities outside the country.

He has a post graduate diploma in research and a doctorate degree in animal production, majoring in special zootechnics, all from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.
The VC also has a Master’s degree in animal production from the Moscow-based university.

After serving as dean at Egerton University’s Faculty of Agriculture for about five years, he took over as the director of the university’s Eastern campus from 2005 to 2008.

He served as the principal of Chuka University College from 2008 to 2013 when the institution was chartered and was later appointed VC, a position he has held to date.

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