“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit room our peace” said by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Peace is the greatest present that everyone can feel proud to be rewarded with. Any normal and learned person in the society will be prompt to support peace when it falls upon him.
As the whole world stood up to promote peace on Wednesday 21st November, Moi University was not left behind as it has never been in such matters. The celebration was initiated on campus by the Moi University Peace Unit Program (MUPUP) which was officially opened by the Dean of Students Dr. Mureithi in the conference room in the Student’s Centre.
The members of The Moi University Peace Unit Program led by the Chairperson, James Wanga glittered in their superb black t-shirts well inscribed with words that defined peace itself. The Moi University band graced the occasion with their wonderful instrumentals that have often cooled the hearts of many scholars whenever they have concerts and presentations.
The Dean opened the occasion with a short speech which mainly touched on the inevitability of peace in our society and the importance of embracing it. “Peace can never be taken for granted and peace is expensive,” he said.
However, he also emphasized on the importance of conflict in any given society as its necessary for exchange of ideas that push for change and developments in the society,” Conflict is necessary so that we exchange ideas, however, there is good and bad conflict” he said.
He went ahead to explain that good conflict is that when a student and a lecturer conflicts on new ideas for the sake of understanding and learning more while bad conflict as that one between the students and the institution.
The PUP also invited Mr. Caleb Odhiambo a Community Development Practitioner and activist for social justice and promoting peace under the topic “Empowering Students Towards Peace and Dialogue”. He asked the students to be on the forefront in helping achieve peace whenever they are as they are future leaders.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. It is in the mind of man that war begins and therefore it should be in the mind of man that peace should begin to construct” he said.
He emphasized understanding of other people because conflict comes due to lack of understanding and not hatred. He therefore urged students to use their education to shun conflicts and create or build a peaceful society. “Education should be the alternative means to solve conflicts in life.
After the conference, a procession then followed beginning from the student’s centre towards the stage with different flags that preached peace all around. The celebration of this occasion is expected to end today as two floodlights are erected near Soweto mess at mama mboga place.
Light is always a sign of peace that everyone should embrace.
The author is a 3rd year linguistics major