The oldest University in Kenya opened its doors to first years on Friday 5th September 2014. Egerton University was founded as an Agricultural college in 1939.
The University Opened the Freshers’ Orientation Process on Sunday 7th September 2014 by an Interdenominational Church Service organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. The service was held at the infamous Kilimo Hall. The First Year students were parked in the hall to capacity with some being forced to brace the Sunday Morning chill that is synonymous with Njoro.
The Service started at 8:00am with the Office of the dean of Students being represented by Mrs. Kirui. Others in attendance include the DVC A&F Prof Munene, the Office of Guidance and Counseling, the University Chaplain, Patrons of the Various Religious Groups on Campus and SUEU leaders.
Speaking to the new students, the SUEU Chairman Mr Hono Vincent introduced himself as the ‘SUEU President’ and said that they are on track to launch the SUEU Constitution before leaving office in early October.
“We will be launching the SUEU Constitution soon” he said adding that “in the new constitution, their will be a SUEU President and the Directors will now be referred to as Cabinet Secretaries”.
Other noticeable changes with the new Constitutions is the Scrapping off of the Director Academic’s position and the introduction of the Cabinet Secretary in Charge of Education. The process of reviewing the constitution has taken the union over three years. Additionally, it has been marred with a lot of controversies with foul play being read among some of the past and present SUEU leaders.
Other SUEU leaders who attended the First Years’ service include the Director in charge of Security, Catering and Accommodation Mr Mulevu Cleophas, the Director in charge of Gender Sports and Entertainment Mr Geofrey Chemisto, the Director Academics Mr Ole Saruni, the Director Finance Miss Mercy Chebet and the Director Special Programs Mr S K Mwangi. the various Congresses were also represented.
Noticeably missing in the service was the vocal SUEU Vice Chair Lydiah Moraa and the SUEU Secretary General Shadrach Masaku. The Vice Chair was noted complaining on social media that her personal stuff had been stolen by the new students.