FRIDAY BRIEFING; Ongoma’s Exclusive and Revealing Speech that Left Many with Mouths Wide Open!!!

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Ongoma Isaac~Egerton University Student Union Chairperson SUEU
Ongoma Isaac~Egerton University Student Union Chairperson

When it’s Friday you know its Friday briefing. Hello and welcome to the most comprehensive briefing here in Magazine Reel, Kenya’s best online campus news site. Months after he was expelled from Egerton university, we  bring up the speech that contained his hopes and aspirations for the electorates. As the noble initiative of “Somesha Ongoma” goes blanket in the university, we bring you this speech that was never recited anywhere, the speech that now contains Shisia’s shattered dreams.

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“Ladies and gentlemen, on the verge of Jordan we stand and Canaan we behold! I salute you today for refusing to give up, for declining to yield to intimidation! For choosing choice over frustration, hope over despair and destiny over fate! You may be surprised why I haven’t said “good evening comrades” do you think there’s anything good about this evening?

Can this evening be good when my comrade staying in ‘Jacaranda’ are facing eviction over unpaid rent? Can this evening be good when comrades in Buruburu are feasting on unfried githeri for breakfast, lunch and supper? Can this evening be good when my sister staying at Ahero is going without a meal for 3 days ? Can this evening be good when half of the students are blankly staring at deferment option due to the imposed and restricted online registration? Can this evening be good when our transcripts have become a nightmare? Can it really be good when my dear sisters at Hollywood, Taifa, Uganda and Nairobi cant access water for a full week? If indeed I say it’s a good evening, would I not be insulting your intelligence? I choose not to say good evening than be branded a liar!!

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Friends, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Even your birth started with a single step in the minds of your mum and dad! Before you were conceived there’s a huge step they took within their room! Would rather not mention that step for fear of being branded morally bankrupt! I stand before you to share with you my dream for Egerton, but before that, who is this Ongoma?

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Here is Ongoma demystified!  Born on 13th march 1992, to a very humble background in Eshitaha village, Township location, Butere division, in the former Butere district, Kakamega County. I lost my dad, the sole breadwinner of the family at a very tender age. You can imagine how life was, growing up in a poor family, with a single parent! If you’ve ever heard of sleeping on an empty stomach where food becomes a rare vocabulary, then here is the evidence!

I went to Butere primary school in 1997, and then proceeded to Lubinu high school. Having gone through a lot in my life, I felt disgusted to watch even a tinge of intimidation against the voiceless! This put me to loggerheads with bossy prefects who kept on assaulting students! Since I wouldn’t swallow it anymore I differed sharply with them earning me an indefinite suspension that saw me join a village school, Bukolwe secondary! My mum would later sell everything and send me to Butere boys’ high school since she saw her future pin me! I did my K.C.S.E under tight scrutiny from the school administration for they knew how I abhorred their nonsense! A midst all this I made it to the world class University for Advancement of humanity! Diamonds are made deep in the earth’s crust, under immense heat and intense pressure but have you ever wondered why diamond rings are the best? Do you know the process gold undergoes to become pure gold? That is what I take my life to be!

Comrades on the verge of Jordan we stand! I see the Promised Land! Since I joined this university, many  chairmen have come and gone! Most have put us under the conditions we are in today! Some signed for fee increment, some signed for introduction of kitchenettes, and some signed for the increase in the cost of chapatti in the mess! Yet they had promised heaven on earth! Indeed as PLO says, the nature of forests may change but the monkeys will always remain the same! It is now time to not only change the forests but also the monkeys! It is either now or never! Its either you now elect a person to play public relations with the administration or an individual who will call a spade a spade! It’s now time you either elect a student’s voice or a person who will be the smiling machine in the senate!

Some have written me off! Some have told me to keep quiet and finish schooling in peace! Some have quoted Kivondo and Ooko and reminded me that I will follow suit. If that is the price I have to pay for my ideals, then so be it! For SONU to be as lethal as it is do you know how much blood was shade? Do you know that James Orengo had to transfer to Dar Es Salaam University? Did you know that Mwandawiro Mganga had to be incarcerated in Nyayo house for merely telling Moi to increase HELB? Did you know that Joseph Muruli was burnt in his room when he was the chairman? Did you know that Adungosi had to die of a Savoyard bullet? Did you know that even Anyang Nyong’o and Koigi wa Wamwere had to be sacrificed as lecturers of UON? What if they would have given up? Would Babu Owino be having the authority to keep the government on toes like he does? Comrades I choose to sacrifice than to live a coward! I choose to live 50 years as a tiger than 100 as a desperate chicken.

I quote Isaiah 62:6; watchman, shall you keep silence? Should I keep quite when online registration is a monster? Should I be silent when SUEU bursary is lining the pockets of a few? Should I keep silent when most of you are sent home due to rumored exam malpractice? Should I keep silence when someone pockets 269000/= meant for class-reps? Should I keep silent when I should be representing you fully in the board of undergraduate studies? Should I keep silent when we have a toothless constitution? NEVER!!

Comrades, I do not choose to be a common man, it is my right to be uncommon. I do not wish to be kept a citizen, humbled and dulled by the state. I want to take the calculated risk: to dream and to built, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter an incentive for a dole! I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence or my dignity for a handout. I will never confer any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid, to think and act for myself, and say no to impunity…..

Finally comrades, it is from a numberless divine act of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the life of others, or strikes out against an injustice, he sends out a tinny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples built a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. These were the words of Senator Robert F Kennedy; ON THE “day of affirmation” Egerton University let us cross to Canaan friends, IT IS OUR CHOICE, OUR HOPE OUR DESTINY!!!”

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