The outgoing Jomo Kenyatta University Students Organization team has handed over the reins of leadership to the new student governing council.
During the brief ceremony that saw the former JKUSO Chair Felix Kipkalya and his team handover critical records and documents to the incoming team led by JKUSO Chair Mr. Eric Jomo, the former Chairman congratulated the fresh team and urged them to remain steadfast by picking from where they had left and assist the comrades through initiatives that they had started such as the students’ revolving fund which he noted, “was a good and noble cause to assist students.”
Kipkalya wished his successor and his team all the best, and reminded them that JKUSO was a good platform which they could use to raise the profile and name of the university. “…ensure you leave the name of JKUAT better than you found it…,” he observed.
On his part, Mr. Jomo reassured all the students that as a team, they “will aspire to give their best” and hastened to add, they could only do so with the support of the outgoing team. He also said, his team will carry on with the implementation of the projects that impacted positively on comrades, noting that “we have been given the chance to make this organization better…for the satisfaction of all stakeholders.”
Jomo further appealed to his compatriots to give their leadership role the best shot ever, and to serve students with unwavering commitment and dedication.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Prof. Romanus Odhiambo hailed the ritual of handing over the instruments of leadership from the outgoing team to the incoming one, terming it “a classical case of leadership maturity.”
Prof. Odhiambo hailed the former JKUSO team for demonstrating rare leadership skills during their tenure, and wished them all the best in their academic careers and future leadership aspirations.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor reminded the new governing council that they have come in office at a time when the entire country and all institutions are undergoing transition, and encouraged them to acquire the requisite skills that would enhance and impact positively on their mandate.
He also emphasized the need for the leaders to be good role models to their peers, adding “…accountability and leadership go hand in hand.”
Prof. Odhiambo further advised them to always consult among themselves and the stakeholders, and to promote dialogue amongst students and the administration.
The don talked on a wide range of issues pertinent to leadership which included: observance of protocol, financial probity, academic excellence, students’ welfare, etc.
The Dean of Students Ms. Emma Omulokoli shared motherly advice with the elected leaders highlighting critical and urgent matters that the new leadership needs to initiate in consultation with other stakeholders, and singled out the review of the JKUSO constitution in order to address some of the challenges that may have been identified.
The function was attended by outgoing and incoming JKUSO officials, staff from Dean of Students’ Office: William Nyariki (Deputy Dean of Students); Agnes Laibuta (Student Councilor) and Patrick Kigathi.