JKUSA Elections Underway as Outgoing Leaders Give Scorecard

Prof. Ngumi makes her remarks during the meeting.

The outgoing Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) Executive Council has been lauded for their great leadership, that placed the students’ welfare at the centre of their priorities and dispensation.

Speaking during a breakfast meeting of the University Management and the student leaders, Wednesday February 8, 2023, Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi commended the students for their servant leadership that has seen students’ issues seamlessly addressed; facilitating a conducive and peaceful learning environment in JKUAT.

“I laud you for your mature leadership, and for being effective in your communication of students’ concerns with management. I’m particularly proud of some of the major breakthroughs that this student’s council has made, among them the elaborate work you’ve done to help needy students,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Amidst the challenging economic times, the student leadership initiated a drive to help needy students get food, accommodation and even payment of school fees. This was actualized through the establishment of an endowment account and a snack point at the students dinning mess.

Prof. Ngumi with the outgoing JKUSA President, Mr. Thiong’o

While reporting on the achievements of the outgoing council, JKUSA President Mark Thiong’o, cited the successful review of the JKUSA constitution, the establishment of new JKUSA offices, the initiative of helping needy students, and his council’s efforts in ensuring security in and around the university as some of the major breakthroughs they managed to accomplish.

“One of the amendments we made to the constitution was the commitment of two-percent of the JKUSA budget to assist in the upkeep of needy students. The resources supplements the JKUAT staff’s benevolent fund, and has seen us provide KES 300,000 per semester towards this cause. We have also disbursed KES 8 Million in bursaries to needy students,” said Thiong’o.

Adding to the student leaders’ basket of accolades, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, applauded the Thiong’o-led council for their courageous and steady leadership, thanking them for being intentional and open in their handling of student affairs.

“I also note that during your tenure, a lot of progress has been realized in sports and co-curricular activities within the university. We also acknowledge the fact that JKUAT continues to nurture so many talents, and that the creative industry has a lot of our students and alumni,” added Prof. Kinyua.

The breakfast meeting marked the last one for the outgoing executive council with JKUAT management. It is part of a series of interventions aimed at strengthening relations between the student body and the management. In her final remarks, the Vice Chancellor challenged the student leaders to mentor the soon-to-be elected executive council, instilling in them the spirit of servant leadership, team work, humility, professionalism, open communication, and discipline.

The meeting comes just a day after the campuses, congress and delegates elections were held on February 7, 2023, with the new executive council elections set for February 21, 2023. The nomination list for these positions has already been publicized, with campaigns already gathering pace across the university. The inauguration of the new student leadership is tentatively slated for early March.

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