I burn the midnight paraffin thinking of how the campaigns and election of student leaders would be different this year. We have all heard the aspirants attack the 25th SGC with different interpretations of their tenure without directing blame to any particular member but rather, the entire leadership.
Before I veer off, let me tell you why the aspirants for the 2012/13 SGC will not get there easily and those who shall, will attest to the truth in my prophesy. First, Moi University students like all Kenyans are beneficiaries to the new constitution that was recently promulgated by his Excellency President Mwai Kibaki and the right Hon. Prime Minister Raila Odinga in broad daylight. They (students) know their rights and are sober enough to choose their leaders wisely, be warned that they will consume your cheap liquor and once they get to the ballot spite you in the back, what a waste of campaign resources.
Even more interesting is the show of interest by those regarded as juniors to run alongside seniors. They have shown vigour and challenged their senior counterparts with their ability to influence voters. One aspirant had it rough when asked a question on the tendering of the shops as well as the rocketing prices of commodities essentially consumed by students, most aspirants alike would choose to disassociate with the issue.
Perhaps I speak too soon, but Kelly a friend of mine says rather than having his Student ID card shredded he had better leave it in his wallet as it is, than to vote for an SGC which is seemingly unaware of the responsibilities that come with student leadership. Another friend Sam would rather they keep away from his room.
Comrades want to see a student leadership that is free from corruption, for a long time the SGC has been used as a puppet, an extension of the dean of students’ office. It will be a task for the aspirants to repaint the image of the SGC and to restore students trust in the institution.
The 26th SGC will have to be composed of leaders who put the interests of fellow students first before their own those who know student affairs at heart for instance issues to deal with the accommodation crisis, insecurity on campus; speaking of which we cannot have hawkers barging in on us without even Knocking distributing milk in the wee hours of the night, the dilapidated state of hygiene in our hostels and don’t get me started on the Mess, I mean; can’t we have anything else other than beans and ugali?
Before the aspirants for the 26th SGC think about buying us Yokozuna in attempts to woo us for votes, they must first appreciate that they are students like us and that their purpose for running is to be representatives of fellows.
As I conclude I would like to bring to your attention that I have been using a candle to prepare this article, my roommate is tossing and turning for the fourth time now in thirty minutes since he got into his bed to sleep, his restless slumber I believe is because he didn’t have supper before he went to bed mainly because the power has been out all evening.
Comrades vote in leaders not because of anything else other than merit, before you go for their free drinks and goodies first consider whether their leadership will serve the good of the student fraternity and the varsity as a whole.
The writer is 1st Year – Applied Statistics & Computing, School of Biological and Physical Sciences