MIXED REACTIONS OVER THE UNSETTLED APPOINTMENT OF MOI UNIVERSITY’S VICE CHANCELLOR

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Moi University administration block.

By Brian Murimi

Moi University students have received the news of a pending Vice Chancellor’s appointment with mixed reactions.

On Saturday morning, the students woke up to a newspaper story that had been shared across multiple WhatsApp groups associated with the institution. The story claimed that the Education Cabinet Secretary is expected to appoint Laikipia’s Deputy Vice Chancellor – Administration, Finance and Development, Prof. Kosgei to head the institution after having no substantive VC for a period of two years.

The appointment would see Prof. Kosgei replace the acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Laban Ayiro.

On 27th November 2017, interviews were conducted for six candidates who had successfully applied for the position of VC. The results of the six – Prof. Isaac Kosgei, Prof. Laban Ayiro, Prof. Anne Nangulu, Prof. Anne Amutabi, Prof. Isaac Kibwage and Prof. Joseph Chacha – were released to the public on 29th November 2017 with Professors Kosgei, Ayiro and Nangulu taking the top three positions respectively.

The Cabinet Secretary for education is expected to choose one of the top three applicants after receiving the results from the university’s council.

The scoring summary for the interviews became a controversy as people concluded that the resulting had been influenced by tribe and politics. A great number of netizens claimed that Prof. Laban Ayiro was fit to take over as the substantive VC but he scored lower than Prof. Kosgei after three of the panelists awarded him lower scores than his counterpart despite getting higher scores from the other panelists.

A picture of the scoring summary seen by The Communicator saw the three panelists award Prof. Ayiro an average score of 45.7 while Prof. Kosgei had 93.7 in average. Prof. Ayiro got an average of 82.5 from the other five panelists while Prof. Kosgei got an average of 65.6.

According to a story in one of the dailies, Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago stormed Moi University accompanied by other leaders on September 20th 2016 and vowed to disrupt the university’s graduation slated for the same week unless Prof. Isaac Kosgei was appointed the institution’s vice-chancellor.

Concerns have been expressed by a number of students over the appointment that is in limbo.

“I smell a rat in this, only time will tell whether Amina’s appointment was legit.” One student told the publication.

“Prof. Laban Ayiro was doing so well. He had started various projects around the institution and it was a sign of good things to come. With the news of the appointment, we hope that it won’t stop there.” A student who would not want her name published said.

Prof. Laban Ayiro during his heydays as the acting vice chancellor in his maiden oration, he promised to rebrand Moi University. Construction of new lecture halls, hostels, laboratories, offices, recreational facilities and a 6000 seater amphitheater, common spaces, lighting up the university, a new ultra-modern gate and a wall around the university were some of the promises he had made. Prof. Laban Ayiro kept his promises with a wall erected, the university’s pathways lit, construction of a new lecture theatre at the school of arts, construction of the new gate among others.

Deemed as social, the exit of Prof. Laban Ayiro has seemed not to augur well with most students.

“We as Moi University students, for the sake of peace and development in our beloved university, humbly request you to retain Prof. Laban Ayiro otherwise it will take you centuries to restore peace in the institution.” One social media user wrote to CS Amina Mohammed.

“If not Ayiro, then it should be Ayiro.” tweeted Monicah Eshihanda.

However, some social media users were quick to congratulate Prof. Isaac Kosgei on his unsettled appointment.

“At long last. Congratulations Arap Kosgei.” Limo Caleb wrote on Facebook.

“All the best. Sir, make Moi great again. They don’t need to study for six years to earn a degree.” Son Tendenei reacted.

Some students preferred to keep tight-lipped on the issue and hoped for the very best.

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​THE STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR


Bottomline: On her worst day, Emily makes as little as nine hundred shilling and when her day goes well she makes as much as four thousands shillings.

By Ramadhan O Sigomba
Some decisions in life might seem awe-inspiring if you don’t look at things from different angles. Indeed, sometimes looks might be deceiving. Meet the lady who chose to end her internship as a student teacher at Potters House Academy and plunge into vending sausages. Arguably, most will prefer a white collar job to a hustlers way of life but it is contrapositive for Emily, she wanted to make an omelet therefore she had to break the eggs.

Emily is an incoming fourth year student pursuing education in Moi University and barely in her early twenties, she is fighting hook and crook, tooth and nail to keep within means without relying on her guardians. Unlike other sausage vendors who wait for customers at their specific selling abode, Emily goes door to door in almost every hostel in campus to inquire from fellow students if they need a bite. In response on why she chose to embark on such an exhausting  daily grind yet she was a student, she said “I thought of something that would pay me better than the Sh. 12,000 I was getting as a student teacher at Potters House Academy and this (vending sausages) seemed to be an idea.” 

Her response was no better than a surprise to me. It is most people’s pleasure to work under a pleasant environment but Emily chose to endure the scorching heat when it’s sunny and extreme cold when it’s rainy in order to make ends meets. 30th March was the day when her internship contract reached to a borderline but she declined to carry on with teaching and embarked to her current business unlike others who could sit back and lie in wait for another white collar opportunity. 

Emily’s work day schedule is not a duck soup. All the way from Eldoret town, she alights Moi University main campus by ten o’clock in the morning. Commencing from hostel A and ending by hostel H, she knocks almost each door on every floor until the fourth floor of every hostel. What motivates her is that she sells at least two sausages after every five knocks. In order to make adequate savings, she does what she hates most; ‘pirating’ in one of her ‘friends’ room in hostel K intermittently. Mention not the challenges she faces in her pursuit for bread, from the rudeness she gets from fellow comrades to the mockery and teases she receives. “It is tiresome, some comrades are not friendly as I knock and they don’t open, some are rude but at the end of the day the harvest is worth it.”

On her worst day, Emily makes as little as nine hundred shilling and when her day goes well she makes as much as four thousands shillings. Wherefore, in a month she makes more than fifty thousand shillings which is more than enough for a student, not even HELB can loan such amount of money. Optimism is what makes her overcome the hurdles she encounters in her daily business since she firmly believes that determination knows no obstacle.  

Writer: Ramadhan Omar Sigomba

Email: omarramadhan163@gmail.com

Twitter: @RamadhanOmar17      

A LETTER TO BAE TO BE

Bottomline:Imagine with all the looks you possess you still have smelly toes, please to be girlfriend there are things I just can’t withstand.

By Oluoch Bendafton

To be girlfriend, I know you are doing good and that’s why I eye you, I also know that a good number of boys are on your heels crying to be given a chance and most importantly I know that you don’t have a man or maybe you willing to stomach me too because from our candid conversations you don’t want me out of your life.

I also want you in my life, but you are either playing hard to get or proving hard to get. From our talks you know that the only time I worked so hard for anything was way back during mealtime back in high school and I swore never to work hard.

You putting me through a challenge that I know I will overcome; the test of time. It doesn’t matter when all that matters is how long but when all this is done, they said hard work pays. I hope you know how to cook and you are not the type of girl who adds water on kales in the name of kale stew, because if it is that then tell me why am I wasting my time.

I know you are a clean girl but what I am not sure is if the odor from your armpit smells garlic. If this is so tell me now so that I can start helping as early as possible, I just don’t want my boys talk behind my back. Imagine with all the looks you possess you still have smelly toes, please to be girlfriend there are things I just can’t withstand.

I won’t lie that my love for you has no limits, but trust me when I say I will always be by your side to correct you, love you and pamper you when I want something from you. I don’t want to promise you things that even my own mother never showed me. I will give you the love a mother shows to her only son; at least I have been there.

You know I knew my boys before you so you don’t expect me to give you more attention than them. You don’t expect me to cut my links with them for you. Sports’ betting was sweet heart before you and thanks to it I get airtime to call you. 

It will not be that bumpy trust me, I like going out on weekends to listen to some good music and have splendid time so I may think of tagging  you along if only you promise not to cause a scene when another woman tries to dance with me in the event of you having two left feet.

I am also a good cook, so any time you don’t have the psyche to get dirty in the kitchen, trust me when I say I have you on that one because it is no doubt that I love my intestinal worms and I will do anything just to see them contented .

 I am a man of surprises but I like them when they are positive so don’t come to my house without notice unless you want to be the watch lady .on your birthday I will surprise you that I promise so don’t keep on reminding me anytime we start conversing.

Sorry I forgot to tell you, I will give you all the attention I can afford to pay but only when I am not playing FIFA. I will keep a copy so when we start dating I will remind you.

Yours truly,
 The writer is a public relations student

Oluoch7@yahoo.com

Oluoch bendaftone on twitter

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES JUST NEED A NAME

Bottomline: Most of these new names in the political arena are not even interested in winning ethnic masses, the most conquering tool.

By Lazarus O. Nadebu

A total of eighteen presidential candidates for 2017 General Elections puts presidential candidacy as a platform FOR seeking of fame. Not all the eighteen are really pushed by the pursuit of salvaging this desperate state. Most are just motivated to place themselves at the front of recognition and promoting their status in the state. 

They will always emphasize the claim that they are aimed at improving the leadership of Kenya as a nation.

Those expected on the ballot as independent candidates as for now include Joe Nyaga, Nazlin Omar, Michael Wainaina, David Munga, Stephen Oganga, Robert Mukwana, Erastus Nyamera, Nixon Kukubah, Joseph Musyoka, Joseph Ngacha and Japheth Kavinga. Most of their seven counterparts on parties, including the incumbent president and the former prime minister, have been well known before. They include Abduba Dida (Tunza Coalition), Cyrus Jirongo(UDP), Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance Party) Kennedy Mong’are(Federal Party of Kenya), Uhuru Kenyatta(Jubilee Party) and Raila Amolo Odinga(ODM).

Presidential candidacy has built some the status before. No one had ever heard of Abduba Dida, for example, until his candidature in the 2013 General Elections. On one of recent Tv interviews with Citizen Tv’s Hussein Mohamed, for example, Mohamed Dida (a 2013 presidential candidate) claimed that he had succeeded in what he wanted in 2013 despite the fact that he was 4th in the final results. Dida confidently said the few votes he got were enough for him. For him, it’s worth proud for being able to change what the few votes had believed in before. He went on to unconsciously confirm that what he basically seeks is not always the win, just a change of some, if not all, is the most relevant objective.

All the 18 candidates also believe that the next president will be either that of Jubilee Party or NASA Coalition. Kenyan voting was shaped a long time ago. Despite this fact, candidates have remained adamant in the presidential race. They are probably hoping that Kenyans will change and not vote on geographical basis on August 8. 

Professor Kisiang’ani once said that new political aspirants will always choose parties perceived to have dominance of members of their ethnic backgrounds. For him, voters will always be critical in thinking but at the end resume the old monkey role.

Philip Murgor, when withdrawing his candidature from the race, alluded to the fact that Kenyans will always vote in a leader they are related to in a way, not on the basis of rationality. 

Most of these new names in the political arena are not even interested in winning ethnic masses, the most conquering tool. They are probably waiting for the presidential debate so that they can sell their ideologies. Perhaps their greatest goal is to win the mass viewership. They are certain that everyone will watch and know them, just like the case of Dida in 2013.

Lazarus O. Nadebu

Twitter: @LazarusNadebu

E-mail: nadebulazarus7@gmail.com

Blog: nadebulazarus.wordpress.com

​DOES KALONZO HAVE ANYTHING FOR NASA?

Bottomline: From the current and previous defections of Kalonzo’s allies, it’s now evident that his political base is weakening day after the other. 
By Domenic G. Ntoogo

It is now barely two weeks since NASA unveiled its flag bearer with the lineup having little adjustments from the one in 2013. It was an exercise that saw Raila Odinga announced flag bearer and deputized by Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. However, after Kalonzo was awarded the position, a number of woes and misfortunes have marred his bid of becoming the second most powerful man in the country.

It is approximately a year and half after the Kalonzo Musyoka foundation was put on spot over misappropriation of donor funds. Less than two weeks ago, the NASA co-principal led organization was dealt a big blow after the NGO coordination Board froze all its accounts. This was after an alleged misuse of Sh 146 million in donor funds. The board chair also ordered the dissolution of the board members until further notice. The board also claimed that the foundation has for long been giving false information about its financial status and annual reports, annual returns and audited accounts. This action has left Kalonzo in a tag of war with the Deputy President whom he has accused of having an upper hand his miseries.

Kalonzo has also faced a huge blow after two of his key allies resigned from his Wiper Democratic Movement. Kitui Senator David Musila, who was the WIPER chair, resigned from the party after losing in the nominations to the incumbent Dr. Julius Malombe for gubernatorial seat. The senator cited frustrations in the party, he accused the party leader for determining the results. Johnstone Muthama later resigned from the party for claiming there was lack of democracy. He complained of rigged nominations and consistent dictatorship by the party leader. Muthama accused Kalonzo of imposing leaders to the Kamba nation by giving direct tickets to aspirants and abandoning their opponents for his own reasons.

From the current and previous defections of Kalonzo’s allies, it’s now evident that his political base is weakening day after the other. Kalonzo has been left as a lone runner who has no one to hold him up. Questioning the value that Kalonzo adds to NASA, it might not be long. His impact to NASA can only be compared to that of Moses Wetangula. Kalonzo should therefore come to his senses and consolidate his support if at all winning in August for NASA is a thing to go by. He should rethink of the position given to him and respect the thoughts of his fellow co-principals failure to which winning for NASA will be a mystery.