Dean- Arts and Social Sciences- Prof. M. Ntabo

Prof. Michael Ntabo, Dean School of Arts & Social Sciences

Academic Profile of the Dean

  • Bachelor in philosophy: Urbanrian University of Italy.
  • Bachelor in Theology:  Gregorian University of Italy.
  • Master in philosophy: Nairobi University
  • PH.D in Philosophy: Moi University.

He has been teaching at Moi University since 1991. His area of specialization in Social Philosophy, Ethics and Gender and Development He has published extensively in his area of specialization. He has authored two books also published ten chapters in books and has five articles in journals. He has several conference proceedings, reviewed several papers, has attended over fifty national and international conferences; and has internalized several masters and PH.D Thesis


The School of Arts and social Sciences was established in the year 2012. It provides quality, innovative and baccalaureate education that imports the requisite knowledge in humanities and social sciences


To actualize and blend scientific, Technological and Social – Cultural knowledge for an integrated society


To preserve, create and transfer socio – cultural and development of knowledge required for understanding and efficient functioning of graduate’s nationally and internationally.

Staff profile & CV


Languages, Literature and Linguistics

Social Sciences and Humanities


The department of Social Sciences and humanities is among the original departments of the school of Arts and Social Sciences and one of the largest in the University. It was inaugurated in 2015 to manage and coordinate the teaching of all the Arts and Social Science disciplines in the University. The department is headed by Mr. Moses Ouma Obama, M.Ed. (University of Nairobi) supported by a team of well qualified lecturers who double as Discipline coordinators.

The department houses eight broad discipline areas that are headed by discipline coordinators. These include Economics, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, Criminology, Geography, History and Religion. Currently, there are about 694 students undertaking studies in the department. Among these are: 2 PhD, 49 M.A, 468 B.A and 77 Diploma students. However, the department services and provides most of the courses for students in the school of Education. Some of our courses, though not common, are very important that they are taken by all or almost all schools in the university. This means that the scope of our student coverage is much more than the population of students within the department. Due to its broad and diversified nature, the department is conveniently administratively divided into discipline coordination sections to help in smooth execution of her programmes.  These sections are headed by well qualified coordinators. They are:

Dr. Taji Shivachi: Head of Sociology and Criminology Sections. Dr. Taji Shivachi holds a PhD degree in Sociology from Rongo University. He also doubles up as the departmental exams/Timetabling coordinator.

Mr. Gerald Ochieng: Head of Geography Section. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Population Demography from the University of Nairobi.

Ms. Ayabei Constance: Head of International Relations. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from University of Nairobi. Ms. Ayabei also doubles up as coordinator for Religion.

Mr. Zedekiah Sidha: Head of Political science section. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nairobi.  Mr. Sidha also doubles up as the coordinator for History.

Mr. Daphen Ojala: Head of Economics section. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Moi University.

These coordinators work with a team of about 125 competitively contracted part-time lecturers annually in executing the department’s academic programmes.

Courses in the department

The department offers courses from Diploma to Postgraduate listed hereunder:

Postgraduate courses

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

Master of Arts in Economics

Master of Arts in Public Administration

Master of Arts in Sociology

Master of Arts in Geography

Master of Arts in History

Master of Arts in Religion

Undergraduate Courses

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Bachelor of Arts in History

Bachelor of Arts in Religion

Bachelor of Arts

Diploma Courses

Diploma in Social Work

Diploma in Leadership and Governance

Research and Publications

Lecturers from the department have the following publications in peer-reviewed journals to their credit:

Obama, M. O. (2017). “The dynamics of poverty, inequality and economic well-being in Uasin Gishu county, Kenya”. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development,Vol. 8(8), 115-125.      

Obama, M. O. (2017). “Fundamentals of Cattle Marketing in Homa Bay County, Kenya: Analyzing Market Intermediaries, Price Formation and Yield Performance”, 2017.  Journal of Marketing and Consumer Research,Vol. 32, 44-55. ()

Obama, M. O. (2017). “Establishing the relationship between Public and Private Investment in Kenya”, 2017. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 8(4), 123-128.

Obama, M. O.1, Akinyi, L.2 and Orodho J.A.3(2016).  “Principals’ Leadership Style and Students’ Academic Performance in Public Secondary Schools in Homa Bay County, Kenya”,). Research on Humanities and Social Sciences, 6(7), 1-8.

Obama, M. O.1, Akinyi, L.2 and Orodho J.A.3(2016).  “Effect of Principals, Leadership Styles on Students’ Academic Performance in Public Secondary Schools in Homa Bay County, Kenya”, (M. O. Obama1, L. Akinyi2 and Prof. J.A. Orodho3). IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 20(3), 51-60

Ojala, D.O. (2017). “The Role of Educational Investment to Economic Growth in Kenya” Journal of Economics and Sustainable DevelopmentISSN 2222-1735 (Paper)   ISSN 2222-288X (Online) Vol.7, No.22, 201

Ojala, D.O. (2016). “Socio Economic Drivers Influencing Smallholder Maize Production in Tobacco Growing Zones of Migori County, Kenya’’. The Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development Vol 7 No. 15, pp 16-24 ISSN 2222-2855

Ojala D.O., Nyangweso P.M., Mudaki J.S., ZablonEvusa andKiano E.K.(2015) “Socio Economic Factors Influencing Smallholder Maize Production in Migori County, Kenya’’.Maseno University Journal Vol01  pp 167-175. ISSN 2075-7654

Evusa Z., Mudaki J.S and Ojala D.O(2015). Evaluation of the Factors Leading to Loan Default at Equity Bank, Kenya’’ The Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development Vol 6 No. 09, pp 251-261  ISSN 2222-2855

Mudaki, J. S., Ojala, D. O., Mwangi, M., Ongiyo O.O and Rombo, K (2014). “Lending Rates  and its impact on Economic Growth and Development in Kenya’’ Journal of Economics and Sustainable DevelopmentVol 5 No. 19, pp 89-97 ISSN (Paper) 2222-1700 ISSN  (Online)2222-2855

Bunde A.O., Kibet, K., Ojala D.O and Mugo S.W (2014).Impact of Fertilizer Input Subsidy on Maize Production in Nandi North District, Kenya’’. International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research vol 3, 2014.

Ayabei, C. (2015). Knowledge Economy as a Way of Securing Peace and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century.”  MasenoUniversity Journal Vol. 1, pp 31-38 January 2015. ISSN 2075-7654    

Ayabei, C. (2017). The rise of China and World order: Peace and Conflict in Africa. Africa Journal of Political Science and International Relations Vol. 11 (2), pp. 29-35    ISSN 1996-0832

Ayabei, C. (2017). Christian Churches and Peace-Building in Kenya: The Roman Catholic Church Perspective. AFER Vol. 59, ISSN 0250-4650

Ayabei, C. (2017). The Relevance of Philosophy as a Key to Development in Africa:  A Case of Kenya.” Catholic University for East Africa, Nairobi, Yearly Journal


Dr. Carren Nyandiba

Head of Department

The department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature commonly known as LLL is one of the departments in the school of Arts and Social sciences. The department offers programms in Kiswahili, Linguistics, Literature, and French and soon it  will introduce German programs. The department also teaches all Languages and Literature courses to the following schools: Education, Business and Infocom. The programs offered range from diploma to PhD level.

Currently, the following programs are offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (with Specialization in Kiswahili, Linguistics, Literature and French)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Kiswahili (in the process of being phased out)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics (In the process of being phased out )
  • MA Kiswahili
  • MA Linguistics
  • MA Literature
  • PhD Kiswahili
  • PhD Linguistics

The department is served by a vibrant fulltime, currently the following are the members who are fulltime lecturers in the Department.

  1. Prof S. Mohochi (on Leave) Teaches Kiswahili
  2. Dr Carrren Nyandiba Teaches Kiswahili
  3. Dr. Tunai Kesero Teaches Literature
  4. Dr. Damaris Nyakoe Teaches Linguistics
  5. Dr. Eric Odero Teaches Linguistics

In addition there is a pool of part time lecturers who range from professors to tutorial fellows. All programs in the department are offered on a full time regular mode of study. Post graduate programs are offered under full time weekend mode of study.

The department takes pride in delivery of quality teaching, research and offering mentorship to young upcoming scholars. For anyone interested in pursuing languages, linguistics and literature courses you are welcome to LLL.


Contact Information

Dean, School of Arts & Social Sciences,

Rongo University College,

P.O. Box 103-40404, RONGO

Email: dean-arts@ruc.ac.ke

Staff Contacts