Well-known United States based Kenyan thinker and Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for the last six years Prof. Ali Mazrui has decided he will not be seeking for another term at the helm of Kenya’s only technological university. Prof. Mazrui now 76 is departing from what he terms as his second job in Kenya sanctioned by President Mwai Kibaki who was traditionally expected like his two predecessors, Presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi to be Chancellor of Kenya’s public universities.
Speaking at the same dinner, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the vice chancellor praised Prof. Mazrui who she said had a sharp mind and added that he had steered JKUAT expansion that saw its student population rise from about 7,500 in 2004 to now over 15, 000. The number of campuses too grew from a single main campus in Juja to three campus and two centers located in the central business districts of Nairobi and Mombasa cities. Prof. Imbuga described the outgoing chancellor as a theorist and actor in international affairs who will forever remain an inspiring pillar for JKUAT fraternity.