Nothing to Smile About

BY CLIVE Olero

Yet again, we bring to you attention dear readers the filthiness in the hostels. It is not lost on us the promises and pledges that punctuated the campaign speeches of aspirants in the last MUSO elections. Some of those aspirants made it to the SGC and are now directors courtesy of our gullibility to believe their honey-sweet manifestoes.

I remember in one of our editorial meetings, I had tried to convince my colleagues to vote Barille Guyo as he was –or looked like – security himself. And since the docket of Security and Accommodation is one, my ‘campaign gimmick’ also underscored the fact that Guyo could make a good accommodation director too. Yes, Guyo heralded better things as far as the general hygienic and security conditions of the hostels are concerned. At least, he convinced me so.

Today, many weeks after elections, Guyo has disappointed me. I am sure there are a thousand other students who believed in him and who like me are asking: where did the ‘physiquely’ assuring director and his good manifesto go? So much has already been said and written about the constant blackouts, lack of mattresses, poor hygiene, et cetera. And whenever such is mentioned, the director of accommodation is the center of attack. I will digress a bit. I will not attempt to critic.

Instead, I will call upon the good director in the humblest of pleas, to consider doing whatever he can to better the conditions of hygiene in hostels. I am particular with hygiene because, unlike blackouts and mattresses, it does not require any bureaucracies to clean the hostels daily. Moi University has employed more than enough locals whose work as janitors is to ‘caretake’ or simply take care of the hostels.

So, there is no excuse whatsoever for them skiving their duties for a week.

It is in public domain that the directors in the 28th SGC were the most ignorant in so far as their roles are concerned. Some genuinely admitted they knew nothing. Others feigned know-how but did nothing to show of it. Yet others blamed the administration for failing to induct them into the MUSO leadership, something that has since been done. We used to say they are still knew in office. We are not going to say that anymore. It is high time they did what they ought to do.

Not One Is Pretty Enough

BY MYA Irene

Have you ever been with someone who made you feel like you were not pretty enough? Or handsome enough? Someone who wanted you to change to something that you were not? It is horrible! You will do things to please him, things that you will regret and it feel it was never enough. You will try to change but they won’t find me attractive or pretty enough. When the relationship finally ends, you will be sad but mostly relieved. But then the damage will have been already done; your self-esteem lowered and I you will not the same anymore.

It may take you a while but you will later learn that there is nothing wrong with you. We are all normal human beings created in a certain way and you also have your flaws.Well, who’s to say one is pretty and the other is not? I mean, what makes them the judge of pretty? According to my religious beliefs, we are all created by the same God. He made us the way we are and everyone is special and different in their own way.

No one is pretty enough and no one will ever be. Someone might find you to be the most beautiful person in the world while another might only see the faults in you. You are either too tall for someone or too short, too big or too tiny. But there is someone who will appreciate you just the way you are. Let it also be noted that the moment you appreciate yourself, you are able to radiate the same energy to others.

Should we try to please everyone? Is it possible? I don’t think so! We are all different and everyone has their own taste in partners. That however does not mean that you go against the common morals in the name of being different.Hold your head up high, and be confident in who you are. Step out of your door every morning ready to give the world your best. Who cares what they say.

Serving Comrades; Gogo’s Insight

BY OLERO Clive

Edwin Gogo was elected to the 28th SGC as the director of academics replacing his predecessor Edwin Ayoo who had been described by some as the most unnoticeable director. About 2 months later, it turns out that the only thing these two gentlemen can share is their first name, Edwin.

Well, it might be well to state that this piece is not meant to attack Mr. Ayoo. On the contrary, we wish him a peaceful retirement. He served the union. So he deserves to be respected. However, in trying to scrutinize the performance of the incumbent vis-a-vis their predecessors, sometimes the best way is to parallel the two to establish a comparative difference.

Despite the short period of time he has been in office, Gogo has done a lot. His first ever assignment as the director of academics was to take the helb forms that had been lying in the MUSO cyber to the Higher Education Loans Board offices in the Anniversary Towers within the first week in office. Then, he together with a delegation of other students visited the helb offices to pressurize for the release of the second semester loans. He also solicited for complaints from all students who had issues with their loan disbursement. And his efforts bore fruits. Students who had issues can attest to this.

In campus, Gogo’s tenure has witnessed an improved and/ or close to timely release of results. This is after he took a personal initiative to approach the Deans, Heads of Departments and Exam Coordinators from all schools over the delayed exam results. It may not be satisfactory but at least, it is good to appreciate and give praise where it is due. An improvement is far much better than stagnation. Change nobler than status quo. In connection to this, Gogo also helped a group of third year education students to get the chance to take electives (IRD 305, IRD 306, IRD 308) in the school of Human Resource.This is after they were denied owing to the fact that the classes were already full.

Gogo has also facilitated the installation of lights in almost all the lecture halls in the school of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education and the School of Human Resource. In addition, the proposal to install a public address system in the school of arts and in all other the big lecture halls across schools has been approved by the SGC courtesy of Gogo. He pledges to increase sockets in the halls, and to put benches outside the lecture halls where students can sit while using the school wi-fi. He is also in the process to persuading the Library Management to add computers to the library.

The Directors Of Today

BY FRANK Kauma

I joined Moi University during the times of Florence Doghana, Dikembe Disembe and , the late Obilo K’Obilo. It was a time when the campus political arena was saturated with ‘objectivity’. A director was a man to watch from far while a comrade, was an objective critic. The media-man was a mirror that was as ebullient as intrepid and although they had their flaws, sense was still vivid. Friendship was fostered but only to an extent that it was characteristic of the comrades’ interest. As a freshman, I was keen on the stories of Mwamburi Mwang’ombes’ reign and Doghana’s time as the president of MUSO and today as I look back, we have lost more than we have gained. ‘The toddlers,’ as Obilo would have said ‘have become a force to reckon with.’

I want to respect the decision and efforts of thousands of comrades who upon their own conviction, dare the queues to establish Students Governing Council. It’s our general knowledge that when this power is bestowed upon you, not all falls within your purview. All the same, the measure of what a director can or is able to do will always fall slightly above the day to day services that the students’ body deserve. It’s quite unfortunate that the abilities of the student leaders have been eroded with time.

The director of today is some proud man and woman who walks bouncing along the streets with less to think about than moneymaking. Today, unlike yesterday, the director is some fact less boy or a girl whose voice cannot extend beyond the walls of the university.

What happened to the heated debates on students affairs that almost all characterized the corners of this campus? Then, a group of comrades would coilaround the directors majorly to seek audience on matters that were commonly key and called for clarification.

Today, you walk around and see the director enmeshed within some hungry goons whose target is some soda and buns. The directors, out of their vivid incompetence, are obliged to supplement their inadequacies with instant satisfaction of these demands.

The goons and political orphans drink in merry unconcerned with our collective affairs. In fact, it’s becoming embarrassing for some of the few objective minds around to put these directors to task lest you be mistaken for a ‘turungi-ngumu’ hunter. Someone would criticize that the Dikembes and Doghanas were mean or quiescent but I must appreciate their objectivity, a leader only speaks when it’s necessary and opportune.

The director of today is however, an empty oratorwhose ability to tell facts is greatly malnourished by poor literal skills. So he walks around well-dressed but no content.

I am a worried man when the future of the campus politics and leadership is brought to surface. I once challenged the late K’Obilo that ‘the greatness that does not bear great- grandchildren renders change sterile’, but I now believe that they tried. I am sure that if being a campus director is a step in leadership, then no one will be mentored by any of our directors today.

Most of us may cite our motivation from the campus leaders of yesterday but unless there is a shift, no one will emulate the director of today.

Moi University At 30 Part III By SARATI Richard

Thirty years ago part of a wattle forest was cleared to pave way for an institution of higher learning. This institution boasts of being located in a rural area. It is not interfered in any way by the busy noisy urban environment where most of the other higher learning institutions are located. Natural resource courses would be offered in a real natural setting. That was what was envisioned by the founders of Moi University. This is the only university in Kenya that began from scratch i.e. by an Act of the Parliament, following The Mackay’s Commission on Education sector reformation. Moi University is one among the several projects in the Education sector that were implemented along with the 8.4.4 education system.

The university may never live to achieve all the recommendations made by The Mackay Commission. These include Kiswahili being the language of content delivery and offering courses in Natural and Environmental Sciences. However, it still remains to be amongst the very few universities that has a vast acreage of land. This land is rich for farming and scenic. The built up section of this land is a very small percentage compared to the underutilized one.

In utilizing this land, the university can engage in the now robust tourism industry. It has the scenery. The waterfall in itself without any modification is a resource. Over 95% of the students visit the Falls at least twice in an academic year. It is also estimated that over 60% of the University staff and one time visitors of Moi University have been to this waterfall. Dwelling on these statistics, Falls receive over 100 visitors weekly. All these visitors go to admire the water falling, relax on the rocks, take photographs, and hold picnics among other leisure related activities.

To the enterprising ones, this is a business opportunity. The university can use this underutilized natural landmark as a step. The grounds near the waterfall can be landscaped and a sport resort set up. The students and other visitors can play games here. When tired, they buy food at this resort hotel. There will no longer be incidences of visitors to Falls being rained on. From the look of things, one of the Messes is running at minimum capacity. In other words, it has been running on losses.

Let the university see this and avoid embarrassment, deploy part of this Mess staff to that resort hotel. This will happen only the administration learns to utilize the available resources. It happened with the setting up of Elimu Millers. The mill was set up to utilize the loads of cereals that was going to waste. This mill is earning the institution revenue and reputation.

The community is waiting for that time when they will see a sign post beside that of Moi University at Cheptiret junction reading: Elimu Resort Hotel. Under it: Hotel, Waterfall, Rock hiking, Amusement Park, Nature Trails. This is when the university would have at least honored its first students who were all studying natural resource based content and teaching staff lecturing them on the same.

Campusnova By ORDIA Akelo

If there is anyone who the marriage bill is tailored to fit it is the campus Casanova. Yes it is now official ladies, your beau is not yours and yours alone. The bill clearly states that any other union except for Hindu, Christian or civil marriages is potentially polygamous. As we all know your relationship has a 99pc chance of not falling in either category.

 

So even as the campus rangers go ahead to celebrate their newfound freedom, there is one breed of campusnovas who see nothing new in the current state of affairs and he can’t seem to understand what the fuss is all about. For him he has always had a string of ‘wives’ who all know of each other’s existence. Even so they have not gone hammer and tongs at each other, instead they live harmoniously despite the fact that the all so familiar female jealousy reigns between them.

 

The campusnova has his act all together and all his wives are fashioned to meet his needs. With his sweethearts strewn all over campus from the K to J to stage and even mabs, there is nothing this young man lacks. After a weekend spree he does not fret for a place to sleep, during the weekdays he can always camp at the house nearest to his classes and the ever dreaded task of laundry is never a problem for him.

 

The ladies on the other hand maintain their poise as he does very little to hide anything from them. It is only normal that ladies swear to never engage with a man with other engagements but for them there is little that they can do after all, washapenda. So whenever they all meet for lunch in the weekend they maintain forced smiles and stifled laughter as they try to maintain the tet-a-tet. He on the other hand beams with pride to see how sweet it is to see all his girls getting along.

So what is it that keeps the ladies drawn and glued to the campusnova to the extent that they would never leave him for anything (until graduation of course)?

 

He has an air of confidence that hangs around him and to him, no lady can escape his smooth talk, he is funny and can maintain a conversation with almost anyone, from the blonde to the smart ass chic. He is generous and during the initial stages of wooing a lady, he does not hesitate to loosen his purse strings. His honesty also plays to his favour at the end of the day. It is also quite clear that he strategises well to see that he maintains his string of sweethearts to the end of his academic term in campus.

 

It is therefore very clear, the campusnova has set the pace for you my dear brothers, if you are out there and you have the spirit of polygamy drawn from your forefathers in you, then go yea forth and find yourselves wives. Note however, that the campusnova’s relationships are symbiotic and not parasitic, otherwise you will fail terribly in your pursuit of keeping up with the law.

28th SGC In Coast For Induction By ALAL K’Alal

The 28th SGC yesterday morning travelled to Mombasa for a one week induction exercise. While in the Coast, the twelve students’ leaders are expected to undergo a leadership training that will equip them with enough skills to govern the union. Further, they are expected to be introduced to the Moi University administrative system in order to ensure cohesion and good relations between the Students’ Union and the administration.

Since the commencement of their term, most of the SGC members have shown total ignorance and naivety in responding to students plights and performing their constitutional duties, save for the Academics director. The trip, according to a section of comrades who spoke to the Legacy, may help the SGC improve on their performance and calm the developing tension and impeachment ‘song’  that has emerged as a result of their incompetence.

The trip, however, has also raised a number of questions from some students who feel it is not necessary. According to the students, the ‘induction’ is not timely and ought to have been done earlier. They also argued that the students’ leaders would serve the interest of their ‘masters’ at the expense of service to comrades. In the past, most of the 28th SGC members had cited lack of training as key to their eminent incompetency and subsequent failure.

Constitutionally, the term of an SGC is limited to an academic year; an equivalence of six calendar months.  Since elections were held, nearly two months have elapsed but the students are yet to receive service from their elected leaders. Most students are faced with a lot of challenges ranging from lack of mattresses to continuous and frequent power blackouts.

Can the induction serve to ensure power blackout is limited, exam results are released in good time, sanitation in the hostels improved, food quality in the mess is improved and the paths to D and C houses

murramed? With less than five months to the end of their tenure, there is no doubt that the trip does not serve the interest of the students but rather the office of the dean and the University administration.

 

Unlike the 27th SGC where, in the absence of all the students, a student was appointed to act at the capacity of a prime director (unconstitutional), the 28th SGC has left a power vacuum. No student has officially been left responsible should a crisis arise before the leaders come back. This means that students will be governed by the office of the Dean of Students, a constitutional provision that most students feel will serve to limit their freedom within campus.

According to the students, if such an induction were to be effectively conducted at this time, and without inconveniencing both the common student and the students’ leaders both socially and academically, then it ought to have been done within the University premises. This would ensure that students are served and the SGC members are also trained at the same time. It would also limit unnecessary financial expenditure. Unless it’s merely a tour for the SGC official, the visit to Coast under the umbrella of ‘induction’ is a waste of time and hardly got resources.