Up to 54 newly elected officials of Jomo Kenyatta University Students Organization (JKUSO), representing the students union, took an oath of office, that signaled a change of guard at the JKUSO ‘government’ at a ceremony held at the University Friday, October 21, 2011 and witnessed by the vice chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga, Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and Principal JKUAT Karen Campus Prof. Victoria Ngumi.
In her brief address, Prof. Imbuga congratulated the new JKUSO office bearers saying the election was significant in the history of JKUSO since it was the first time a first year students had been elected into the Students supreme governing. This, the vice chancellor said was a clear demonstration that the students elections were now maturing and becoming issue based. ‘This is a welcome move that will definitely ensure students elected the right representatives to articulate their agenda’. The vice chancellor expressed gratitude for the increased number of female students who had won key seats at the JKUSO governing body. “While this is a great improvement from last year where women representation had to be made through nomination, much more need to done to bring on board more women into the JKUSO elective positions. I call upon women students to come forward and offer themselves for elective posts”.
Led by their new chairman, Neville Wandabusi a fourth year in Mechanical engineering, the new team pledged their total commitment to serve their colleagues aware that the task before them was not “a down hill tread”. The new chairman however called on the students to forge for unity of purpose that he said “shall be able to turn impossibilities into possibilities”. The forum was also addressed by secretary general Dennis Rapenda among other new student leaders.