The renown cleric, academic and former Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Nzimbi is now Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Ombudsman. Rev. Nzimbi’s roles at the institution include providing advisory services to the university community on best conflict resolution mechanisms. He will also ensure complaints and grievances against the institution or its staff is addressed substantively.
Speaking when he assumed office, Rev. Nzimbi admitted the task before him is enormous but remained optimistic the climb will not be too steep. The Doctor of Divinity holder and recipient of the Moran of the Burning Spear underscored the central role of inclusivity and openness in conflict resolution and institutional cohesion.
“Our approach will be unique and our conclusions must be premised on verifiable data,” noted Rev. Nzimbi.
The cleric who will serve a two year renewable term urged members of JKUAT community to proactively engage his office, which he described as a ‘hearing space where all issues will be listened to with a third ear’.
Reckoning that most problems often begin at individual level, Rev. Nzimbi revealed that targeted dialogue and counseling will be a permanent element in his approach to problem solving.
“We will embrace individuals holistically; taking care of the spiritual, mental and physical orientation,” confirmed the America’s Hamline University trained don, adding that decisions by his office will also be sensitive to possible ramifications.
Welcoming Rev. Nzimbi to JKUAT, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga averred that the Ombudsman office plays a critical role in the stability and progress of the institution and it would benefit from extensive knowledge and experience of the Archbishop Emeritus.
“JKUAT community should actively and freely engage Rev. Nzimbi and his office to generate solutions and pacify our esteemed university,” said Prof. Imbuga.
Rev. Nzimbi, who takes over from Bishop Adoyo, will be a critical link between the university and the national counterpart, the Commission on Administrative Justice.
Drawing from the dictum: I am because we are, Rev. Nzimbi urged JKUAT fraternity to shake off local identities to forge a united and global front in line with the institution’s vision.
The African Nazarene University Social Ethics and Leadership don and former JKUAT Council member urged students and staff to be strong and resilient while facing adversity.
He concludes with a biblical quote from the good book of Joshua 1:6 which in The Gideons International Holly Bible version renders thus, “be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.”