The process to review the Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) Constitution has been launched by the students’ leaders and the University Management at a ceremony, held Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Main Campus, Juja.
Addressing students during the launch, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, noted that she was impressed by the students’ organizational skills and their willingness to engage the University Management in the review process that is spearheaded by the students themselves.
The Vice Chancellor advised the JKUSA Legal Affairs team led by Ivy Biwott, a second year, Law student at Karen Campus, to liaise with the University Legal Department for guidance on the document during the review process.
“I look forward to good progress by the team and keep in mind that it is your time as leaders to set your legacy by making your leadership memorable with the achievement of this milestone,” said the Vice Chancellor.
The review, designed to be an all-inclusive students’ participatory process, will be preceded by the sensitization of JKUAT students on the contents of the JKUSA Constitution which was last reviewed in 2017.
The review process has been necessitated by the recommendations made by the Commission for University Education (CUE) to review the current JKUSA Constitution after an assessment made in 2018 revealed that there were some sections that were non-compliant with the Universities Act.
Besides the raft of issues flagged by CUE, the students fraternity have also identified other aspects of the constitution that call for a review. This progressive initiative was acknowledged and lauded by the Dean of Students, Dr. Fridah Wanzala in her remarks.
“Since we started this process in December 2020, I have been impressed by the students’ ability to understand and interpret the document and I look forward to supporting this process to its fruition,”
Some of the issues to be addressed during the review include; the exclusion of Diploma and Postgraduate students from JKUSA, the conditions of appointing the leader of special interest groups and how to handle the tenure of JKUSA elected officials in the event of a pandemic similar to the Covid-19, that currently obtains.
The Constitution sensitization process is aimed at enlightening the students on their Constitution, understand its contents and make contributions that will inform the review process.
The sensitization and review process will be spearheaded by the Legal Affairs Secretary and the Legal Affairs Committee.
Sensitization will involve engaging and interacting with the students through person-to-person and internal communication channels such as emails, and social media platforms. Thereafter, the Legal Affairs Committee shall embark on the process of collecting views from all JKUAT campuses.
The launch was attended by all class representatives, JKUSA officials and University Management represented at the function by among others, Registrar (Administration) Dr. Rose Githu, Deputy Dean of Students, Dr. Stephen Githiri and Legal Officer, Mr. Richard Wokabi.