Anyang' Nyong'o revokes, reissues Great Lakes University of Kisumu certificates

Great Lakes University of Kisumu Chancellor Prof Peter Anyang Nyong'o (centre) confers a PhD to Adan Fatuma Ibrahim during the institution's 15th graduation ceremony on November 19, 2021. Prof Nyong'o also installed Prof Hazel Miseda Mumbo as the new vice-chancellor of the institution.

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Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has cancelled and re-awarded certificates that were conferred by former Great Lakes University of Kisumu’s (GLUK) Vice Chancellor Anne Atieno Amadi during the 2019/2020 academic year.

Prof Nyong’o, who is the university’s chancellor, said on Friday that the former VC conferred the certificates without his consent.

"The graduation was not conducted as per the university requirements which allows only the chancellor to award the certificates" he said at the institution’s 15th graduation ceremony also attended by ODM Leader Raila Odinga's wife Dr Ida.

Prof Nyong’o claimed that he had been ‘fired’ by Prof Amadi who went ahead and presided over the previous graduation.

At Friday’s ceremony where over 600 students were awarded degrees and certificates, the governor also officially installed Prof Hazel Miseda who took over from November 2020.

"Notwithstanding the difficult times it went through recently, we are proud of the bold steps the new VC and her team has taken to make GLUK move on," said the governor.

During the graduation ceremony, the governor announced that the county government had partnered with an American-based company to put up a pharmaceutical manufacturing firm at the institution.

He said that the new firm will be equipped with the latest world class technology in pharma manufacturing to benefit the health sector.

"We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Med Aditus Limited to establish a state of the art pharmaceutical industry at GLUK whose construction will begin in September 2022," said the governor.

"The new infrastructure will also create jobs for the graduates, which will ultimately translate into an overall economic growth," he stated.

"I thank the university's new VC Professor Miseda for allowing the institution to take part in this programme which will also enable the students secure attachment opportunities and exposure,” he said.

Dr Ida Odinga promised to partner with the school in various development projects to improve the university infrastructure which she said did not have enough facilities.

"I came with a team of individuals who are more than willing to partner with the institution, which was once my school, to see it move to the next level," she said.

Meanwhile, Professor Nyong'o has also announced Kisumu County will be holding a four-day investment project in December.

"We are planning to hold the Kisumu International Investment Conference between December 19 and 22 at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium to showcase a number of innovations among residents," he said.