Teaching staff in the Faculty of Agriculture and the School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS) went to the polls to elect office bearers for the position of the Dean respectively.
During the polls conducted Friday, December 11, the Faculty of Agriculture staff expressed confidence in Dr. David Mwehia Mburu whom they re-elected to serve for the second term as the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture after beating his worthy and closest competitor, Prof Elijah Miinda Ateka.
At the tight electoral race witnessed between Prof. Ateka and Dr. Mburu conducted in the Old Boardroom, a total of sixty (60) voters cast their votes with Dr. Mburu garnering thirty-three (33) votes against Prof. Ateka’s twenty-seven (27) to be declared the winner by the Presiding Officer, Dr. Esther Muoria. who is also the Academic Affairs Registrar. Dr. Mburu effectively retains the Deanship docket for the next two year-term. The contest attracted two candidates.
The School of Architecture and Building Sciences elections saw the outgoing Dean Dr. Susan Kibue pass the baton to Dr. Stephen O. Diang’a as the new Dean of the School. Dr. Diang’a was elected unopposed on Monday, December 7.
Congratulating the contestants, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs Prof. David Mulati congratulated the contestants for demonstrating high level of democratic leadership maturity during their campaigns as well as on the elections’ day.
Prof Mulati said, competition was a good practice since it improves service delivery and urged the contestants who displayed a spirit of camaraderie to actively participate in the faculty activities and help in coming up with viable working systems that will collectively lead to the progress of JKUAT.
While declaring the election results, Dr. Esther Muoria lauded Prof. Ateka and Dr. Mburu for being peaceful during the exercise, thus making the Elections body’s work easy. She appealed to other would be contestants in subsequent elections to borrow a leaf from the two dons, whom she commended for remaining calm throughout the voting exercise, a fact she noted, needs to be encouraged.
Dr. Muoria urged them to work together as they have done in the past for the progress of the Faculty and the entire University and appreciated the Elections Sectetariat staff for conducting the exercise professionally and successfully.