By ALAL K’Alal
The long awaited day finally dawned, Moi University Students Union campaigns officially kicked off yesterday, Wednesday 23th 2014, at 10am. There was more drama than reality, transformation of aspirants to goons and agents, errors in some of the short-listed candidates’ names and increment in the number of goons. In a SEC meeting attended by various aspirants, the SEC chairperson Mr. Jeff Kenyatta declared the campaigns officially on. Speaking at the meeting, Jeff advised the aspirants to adhere to the students’ election code of conduct and maintain peace and good relations throughout the electioneering period. Evidently, the aspirants viewed these codes as ambiguous and unclear. Each aspirant was given a fourteen point codes of conduct that they had to sign or be declared unfit to vie.
A close watch of the legacy reporter realized some division among the SEC members. While Commissioner Michael Misigo had the view that aspirants who had been fined earlier be refunded their money, Oscar Maina, a commissioner in charge of disciplinary, insisted any official communication should come from the chairman of the commission. While addressing the concern, the SEC chair urged the aspirants who had been fined to make complaints for consideration and perhaps refunds. While concluding, Jeff Kenyatta released a schedule for the campaigns starting from prayers on Sunday by the C.U, first Kamkunji on Tuesday, and crossfires on Wednesday and Thursday before elections on Friday.
The cultural week that was officially launched on Wednesday 13th Aug 2014 comes to its climax today. Speaking during the launch, the DVC Students affairs, Prof Nathan Ogechi, who was also the chief guest, expressed his support for cultural diversity in the university. While giving a brief history of cultural week in Moi University and in reference to a case in the year 2004 while still a student, the DVC noted that the university currently does not finance the activities of the cultural week. However, he noted that, in future, he would make a proposal to the university to finance the event and extend its duration to one or two weeks.
Further, he said he would invite council members to attend the occasion on Thursday. Amongst the guests who attended the opening ceremony include Dean of Students, Mr. David Mureithi and his Deputy Dr. Ayieko. Traditionally, cultural week was meant to showcase cultures and talents in order to promote inter-cultural relationships among the university students. Unlike the previous year, a free Kadunda is set to crown the occasion. For most students, the week has been full of entertainment and many of them expressed the need to suspend classes during such events.
CORD’s referendum call on Tuesday 12th 2014 received big boost after former presidential candidates Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth joined the call for the referendum. Launched on Tuesday at Fungamano House, the calls for referendum seek to enhance devolution, ensure equity in public appointment, disbanding IEBC and shun tribalism. Amongst leaders who were present include the CORD principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses Wetangula and Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama. However, MPs allied to the Jubilee alliance have rubbished the referendum calls citing insincerity. They further warned that the calls will send most tourists packing.