Thursday, 23 July 2015

Is 2015 Moi University's bad year BY Victor Ochieng Updated Tuesday, July 21st 2015 at 17:39 GMT +

Moi University has a record of producing some of the most political,media,medical and administrative bigwigs in Kenya.The first institution in the Rift of Kenya to become a public university in 1984 with only 90 forestry students transferred from Nairobi University has now grown into a big institution to reckon with.
Some of the names to think about when one hears of the university include Aden Duale(National Assembly leader of majority),Mercy Kandie(Standard journalist),Hon Ochieng the Ugenya law maker ,Kithure Kindiki(Speaker Senate),Hassan Omar(Mombasa Senator) and the former presidential candidate James Ole Kiyapi.The Kesses based institution has of late been in the news for captivating,shocking and heartbreaking news ranging from murder incidences,administrative setbacks and tribal conflicts.
Every new year an individual,company or group wishes to make a step ahead but 2015 has not been the best for Moi University. The school at the beginning of the year suffered from accommodation crisis in all its campuses due to the large number of admissions it makes.Other than that ,its satellite campus Annex(school of Law) rung the headlines and was shut down for over two months due to staff demonstration making trends on twitter.
On 22nd February,Charity Maina a third year in the school of arts was raped and murdered in cold blood due to in adequate security measures within and around the campus .This incident moved students to protest and when the government’s men in blue chipped in to calm them ,their van was burnt down in front of the administration block.
On 3rd April ,Alshaabab militia attacked its campus in Garissa and killed 143 students an attack that is the second worst terrorist act after 1998 bomb blast. This was a matter that attracted foreign concern since it took place just days after the European Nations had placed travel ban in the Coastal Kenya due to security lapses in the country.On 13th July,a campus girl Cecilia Jebet was killed by estranged boyfriend in on of the town campuses of Moi.
On the same day ,just four days to students election,the school was shut down amid tribal clashes on who to vie and who not to vie in the entertainment docket.Students were stuck around town as some lacked fare to their various homes and accommodation. Two days after the varsity senate met to call back the students with each to pay Kshs 1000 as fine ,Comrades on Twitter (COM) trended in #tags branded TellmoiUniSomething and #shameMoiUni to demand justice that was accepted and the fine uplifted.On 18 July the varsity shopping centre was again raided and the local pub and clubs suffered loss as more that 2000 litres of illicit brands were collected. The institution need serious prayers and administrative order before the good name that has been built for 31 years doesn’t go into waste.

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