The Rumor Campus

By SARATI Richard

Our university is known to produce the best journalism, media and communications professionals. Ironically, the university lacks a communications department. The rumor methodology works best here to the extent that some students have concluded that rumors in this campus eventually become the truth. It is no wonder in times of crisis the university has always suffered a public relations flop. Take for example what has been going on in the last couple of weeks. All security eyes have been focused on our campus. Unfortunately, the people who had the answers were also staring out helplessly.

The students have been left to the mercies of social media and the national media. Moi University should come up with a strong communication office that will be acting as her mouthpiece. This office will communicate both to the university community, academic partners, stakeholders and the public at large. The level of rumors would be reduced though rumors seldom die. Current situation is whereby nobody knows who should be making official statement on behalf of the university. We have had scenarios where the deputy vice chancellor academics, research and extension issues a memo whose main message contradicts what had been issued before by other officers. The office of the deputy chancellor Students’ affairs has had also the same challenge with issuing out directives that have contradicted those of MUSO.

Back to the times of crisis we have seen the vice chancellor himself come out to speak though very late. The reaction by our administration has provided fodder for national media and social media for days. The world has been watching us as we reacted to eventualities. We agree that the vice chancellor is the head of this noble institution, but, some responsibilities need to be relegated to a department with capacity. This is the department that will be responsible with issuing press briefing to the media and advising our administrators on how to speak to the media. It will also save the university the tainted image it gets when mainstream media crowd sources news about the institution from the social media.

The communication department will also be responsible for arranging social responsibility activities that will build the positive perception of the communities around it and beyond. This will save the institution a lot of cash used in advertising its courses in the mainstream media. The masses would have been reached at their doorsteps. It has been overheard that the university has been doing so well in Agricultural Society of Kenya Shows. Can this be duplicated to form a well-structured department that will do the PR all year round?

Staff in the Information Communication and Technologies department have been hailed to be doing a good job especially in connection with the online room booking. To an extent posting some updates on the university’s website and social media. Unfortunately both platforms are dumb, they don’t engage with the perceived audience. The sites have turned to posting what the vice chancellor has been up to especially signing a memorandum of understanding with another institution or agency. The I and C in the ICT are silent.

 

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Shun Not Your Jigsaws

By PERITA Repha

Everything gets quite promising at times. That’s when it gets interesting playing life-pianos in the best rhythm ever, not worrying about everything and entirely anything. Though all these sound awesome, it’s equally easy to mess around with everything and end up zeroing all your points of smartly-worked work.

Getting to purely succeed in a scheduled mission indicates that you are dwelling on an issue more than the others. That’s it, try and see the inner most circumstances that you get yourself into in order to achieve whatever you intended, you’ll always get some other significant things coming up that you can’t let pass for another day and time.

We nearly get every reason to think in a pessimistic way when all that we literally produce is…well, let’s say always quiet smooth. Don’t deduce from this that you shouldn’t be in any way optimistic, you should, only when you need to. Cling along, getting you somewhere that you ought to be, to get enough of what you should be having already.

Am keeping in line with this, not surpassing boundaries if there exists any. Making right the faults we make aims at lessening the situation, not getting it to an even worse spot. It’s an experience handling our own problems in ways that move us to gunner positives from our tactics. We don’t need to get through hell with problems, only that if we never face them, then we’ll never get a clear way on how to solve them. We must walk in the mud to see what happens if by any chance we get stuck.

 

Getting yourself to enacting some other person’s tactic for them to solve your problems can’t be any worse than what I can think of. They may have worked for them but that isn’t a guarantee that they will work out the nuisance you’re dealing with. If you have to live your own life the way you want to, try and have your own ways to factorize the complications you have.

Wise, I can say, when we handle our issues philosophically. You’ll hardly get anything that will pull you down. If you fail in something, there always exists that particular excluded one that you did well in. Keep in mind, it will bring you back to your true self in some way. So don’t try changing something that’s realistically out of your capacity, that’ll only make you feel like a failure.

Be keen and handle yourself maturely. Your actions should be mature, so should your decisions be. If you try to evade problems but they are always so courageous to follow you everywhere, then I guess the problems have a problem with you. Be bold enough to face them and act more like your age but not your shoe size.

Getting solutions to problems may only be meaning getting the problem in a much complicated manner, the same manner we have our results when we make solutions of substances. Open up your mind, don’t get afraid to think…think, there’s always a way to make it work out in your own choice. Don’t get the whole solution, fish out what you need from it, that’s what will handle your problems.

 

Stand With Comrades Living with Disability

By KAUMAH Frank

Moi University has various students’ organizations and associations with varying objectives.  From county associations to school organizations, these forums are pivotal in addressing various issues both within and without. MUSDO, Moi University Students with Disabilities Organizes, is one such organization that brings together people living with disabilities.

The Organization is an umbrella under which students with various disabilities find shelter. Despite being a vulnerable group, their efforts to rise up to various tasks within the university are evident and goes a long way to justify the phrase that ‘disability is not inability.

Willice Ngeso, the current Assistant Secretary General is a beneficiary of the unwavering dedication with which this organization approaches students’ leadership. It can be recalled that in the last elections, Ngeso garnered the highest number of votes cast.

While it can be assumed that historically, the post of Assistant Secretary General is perceived to belong to MUSDO, unknown to many, the organisation has always approached the elections with equality. A determination to contest like any other student, not as people with certain impairment. ‘I presented myself to comrades as Willice Ngeso. My desire to serve comrades was not pegged on my disability. It should be understood that while we may seek special treatment in some cases, we are capable of competing normally’, he said with a smile.

There has been a general concern that a special post should be constitutionally created in MUSO to accommodate students with disabilities. It is a fact that this group is faced with various challenges including but not limited to discrimination and access to various facilities, social or educational.

Unlike many organizations, MUSDO may not have an independent ability to organize all activities.  Such facilitations must therefore call for the intervention of concerned people. This can best be achieved by the efforts of a constitutionally empowered director. “The office of the secretary general is not set aside for MUSDO, it has only been lucky enough that Mwanza and I have won. I think that there is need for such a post,” he pointed out.

In his efforts to sensitize the whole comrade society on people living with disability, there will be a workshop today under the theme ‘Hujafa Hujaumbika’. This event will bring on board different speakers with an object to create awareness. ‘It is a forum that will objectively sensitize comrades on people with disabilities. It will address both the plights and strengths of MUSDO with the whole intention of improving our interaction with people. We welcome all comrades to the event’, he said.

The Legacy publication wishes to echo the MUSDO call to the whole students’ body to attend the workshop. Let’s stand with people living with disabilities.

 

Bill: The Constitution Is Underway

By ALAL K’Alal

Moi University Students’ Organization (MUSO) Secretary General Oliver Bill has reinstated that the long awaited constitution is underway.Bill urged the students to remain patient and provide support whenever they are called upon to participate in the review process.

Speaking to the Legacy, the Secretary General said the constitution review strategy has already been rolled out and that all the stakeholders should support the move. “The strategy is already outlined. The process is underway and all students are urged to participate. I will accept ideas that will help us have a comprehensive constitution that is free from manipulation”

He said the constitution will be a landmark towards liberation of the union and making it an independent entity where the students are ‘self-governed’ “The constitution will bring to an end the enslavement that we have been subjected to since 1984. It will be the turning point towards the realization of our long awaited liberation”

Further, he stated that his office is committed to serve the interests of all the students and deliver them from the yoke of bondage.

The Secretary General lamented over the current constitution saying, “It does not meet the minimum threshold of any legal document beneath the sky” Bill’s commitment is likely to rekindle hopes in students who already had fading hopes after consecutive disappointed from the previous regimes.

Previously, students have been left waiting for the constitution without any success. To date, there are at least four unsuccessful constitutional drafts from the previous governing councils. The constitution, should it be delivered, will be the greatest contribution of a student leader since the establishment of this University.

Work Study Yet To Be Paid

Students who have work study programs within the University are yet to be paid their wages for the services that they provide. The students have had their payments delayed for the last five consecutive weeks despite reporting for duty daily.

Speaking to the Legacy, a section of students who have not been paid expressed their anger at the manner in which the administration is handling the issue. “We are not happy with the way the issue is being handled. No one seems to care about our payment for the last five weeks”

The work study attracted over 150 needy students who were stationed at various places within the University.Daily, the students work for at least two hours yet they receive a weekly wage of 500 shillings.

While responding to their pleas, the Secretary General called on the students to remain patient while he follows up the issue with the respective administrators. “I ask all of them to remain calm. I have taken up the issue with the relevant offices and they will soon be paid their dues”

The delay in payments comes at a time when the University is allegedly facing financial crisis and mismanagement.

 

Man Judged By His Foreskin

By ORDIA Akelo

The foreskin has been a matter of debate since time immemorial with the point of contention being whether to cut it or keep it. One of the main reasons for circumcision in Kenya was as a cultural rite of passage. Men moved from being mere boys to men, this meant they could take wives for themselves, own property and maintain a household. It meant they were wise enough and that they could stand on their own. According to these communities, a man who did not go through the procedure was still a boy even if they were well advanced in age.
To show the magnitude of the problem, last week a man beheaded his wife in front of his two children, after she called him uncircumcised during a quarrel. After this heinous act, he sat undisturbed in the living room they once shared like nothing happened. He killed his wife, the mother of his two children and the woman he once loved to protect his manhood. This shows how it is degrading to those who have not become men in the eyes of their community.
Not only is circumcision used to hit below the belt in the family scene, but politicians have been known to use the topic to sling mud at their opponents. From Moses Kuria and the latest being Governor William Kabogo circumcision is the go to topic they use to intimidate the opposition. On Sunday Kabogo called the former Premier Hon. Raila Odinga stupid and attributed his stupidity to uncircumcision. We all know how sensitive the male manhood is, and publicly airing sentiments that point that the opposition is uncircumcised directly equates them to boys, boys who are not fit to speak in front of their apparently circumcised counterparts.
But let us take a close look, truth be told not every man from the lakeside is uncircumcised and the same applies to every other community that practices circumcision. Who knows, it may be possible that those who shout circumcision from the highest mountain tops are uncircumcised themselves. Besides, there is no scientific study that gives a direct relationship between the foreskin and one’s mental capabilities. And honestly if his wife or girlfriend has no problem with him being uncircumcised we should not make a debacle out of it. I see no reason why men should be judged by their foreskin or their lack of it.
As a heterogeneous society should open our eyes to the different cultures present and if possible come up with a culture of our own. A culture that defines men by the value they bring to the table. The culture we swear by today is but a shell of what it used to be. Let us focus on more important issues. The problems we have today, ballooning wage bill, poor planning, public wastage and biting inflation were not brought upon us by someone’s foreskin. They will certainly not miraculously disappear if we circumcise every man in Kenya. We should find actual people to blame for our woes and stop judging the quality of men by their foreskin.

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.

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.