Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Chairman of Council, Amb. Mahboub Maalim Mohammed has urged the law enforcement agencies to remain steadfast in upholding the rule of law without fear of making mistakes, or intimidation when addressing security concerns around the country.
“My 42 years of public service experience has taught me that it is better to make 15 wrong decisions than no decision at all,” said Amb. Maalim.
While reiterating his support for policing, Amb. Maalim said the police must not be complacent, adding that to secure and maintain public confidence, a high level of integrity within the service is very essential.
The Chair of Council was speaking when he chaired a meeting that brought together the Kiambu County security team and University Management at JKUAT, Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
Amb. Maalim was pleased with the close working ties between JKUAT and Kiambu County, lauding the police officers in Juja for their commitment to fighting crime and drug menace which have significantly gone down.
“I am encouraged to hear that police officers are working until very late into the night to keep our students and staff safe. The difference that you make is for the good of the public,” said. Amb. Maalim.
He pledged his unwavering support to the officers in Kiambu County stating that he is satisfied with the results borne from the implementation of strategies that had been proposed and put in place to address security issues around the University.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi echoed Amb. Maalim by acknowledging the close working relationship between JKUAT and Kiambu Police, noting the partnership is not only for the good of JKUAT students, but also for the community.
Prof. Ngumi was impressed with the pace of implementation of security measures proposed in previous security meetings such as installation of security lights around the university and the provision of safe and secure hostels for students outside the university. She reported that over 90% of the students were residing outside the University.
Prof. Ngumi urged the Kiambu security organs to continue working closely with the University for the benefit of all stakeholders.
“We have over 90% of students and staff residing outside the university. When the university is closed the businesses in Juja are slow,” said Prof. Ngumi.
The security consultative meeting culminated in a visit by the University Management to the office of the Kiambu County Commissioner, Mr. Wilson Wanyanga in Kiambu, where further deliberations concerning security issues at JKUAT Main Campus and satellite campuses were held.
On his part, Mr. Wanyanga expressed his admiration for the University Management for being proactive in ensuring JKUAT students and staff are secure.
He assured the University of his support. He further said, the challenges relating to matters security will be addressed swiftly.
Present during the meeting included, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Bernard Ikua, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Robert Kinyua, Kiambu County Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Charles Mureithi, Kiambu County Police Commander, Mr. Ali Nuno and JKUAT Chief Security Officer, Mr. Samuel Kamande among others.