A new team of elected student leaders of the Jomo Kenyatta Students Association (JKUSA) have taken oath of office as per the JKUSA Constitution initiated in the year 2016 to mark the beginning of their one-year reign of representing the student fraternity.
The speakers at the inaugural ceremony held at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Assembly Hall, July 10, 2018, urged the new leaders to be servant leaders who will put their education first while conveying their ability to lift the needy students and mentor fellow students to be positive thinkers.
Addressing the students, JKUAT Chancellor Prof. Geoffrey ole Maloiy underscored his utmost support for the new leaders and congratulated JKUSA and the students for conducting peaceful elections while urging the new leaders to remain vigilant against violence.
“I came to show my support to you. I congratulate the students’ body for conducting peaceful elections and the students for behaving in an orderly manner. I am glad to have witnessed this inauguration and to the incoming leaders I urge you to change your philosophies of demonstration and be agents of negotiations,” said Prof. Maloiy.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Prof. Romanus Odhiambo who was representing the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga congratulated the outgoing officials for supporting needy students by raising the bursaries and maintaining peace.
“I wish to thank the outgoing leadership led by Mr. Omondi for doing a commendable job that has made our University stand out as one of the most peaceful places to study in this country.”
Prof. Imbuga further said, “You must realize that in transformational leadership model, leaders set direction and help themselves and others to move forward. You have to create an inspiring vision, and then motivate and inspire the rest to reach the vision you set.”
The outgoing JKUSA Chairman, Mr. Asman thanked the management for the support while highlighting the need for the incoming officials to take the lead on the progressive leadership they showcased while serving the students and the University.
“I thank God for the opportunity to serve this great institution as the commander in chief of the comrades for the past year. We emerged victorious in the difficulties we faced during our tenure. We successfully reviewed and promulgated JKUSA Constitution raised the JKUSA bursary funds from Ksh. 3 million to Ksh. 5 million. We also conceptualized and commissioned the renovation of the student center,” said Mr. Omondi.
The new Student Council was also addressed by the Dean of Students, Ms. Emma Omulokoli, who highlighted her support for the new Council and the University Chaplain Prof. Njoroge who urged the new officials to stand together against tribalism. Also present was the Registrar, Academic Affairs, Dr. Esther Mworia among others.