By: Benson Sifuna
University of Eldoret Students Governing Council UoESO will today be dissolved as the University prepares for a new office which will be voted in sooner than later next month.
The University last week opened application for the Students Electoral Commission (SEC) which went down well and now we have around 90 students who were shortlisted from a list of over 400 who applied. These students are to go through an interview phase today to get the lesser number and revise down from the 90 to around 20 clerks.
Everyone in the university knows what went on with the current leaders of the University of Eldoret Students’ Organization (UoESO). That is the time when the so called tyranny of numbers reigned to get only one ethnic community to lead the university with all student leaders being from the wider ‘kalenjin’ tribe. This is also the time we had rumors that the students who were vying then were paid to get into office to get rid of someone in the university’s top management.
Now with all this tribalism recently exhibited when the senator came to the university to have the VC thrown out. It is evident that some students now have vowed not to vote with this particular stand off in terms of tribal politics.
During the strike two student leaders were claimed to have been kidnapped. Recently, the Finance Director Wesley Kogo led the Kalenjins to the strike headed by the senator. After dispersing the students it happened that Kogo was then kidnapped by a lady and taken into a vehicle only to be found some days later after the time of his disappearance.
Our focus shifts to what we have us the next Student Governing Council. Just what do you think will come up? Will they still have tyranny and expect favor back? That’s a question that everyone else should worry about. Probably I won’t vote, don’t ask me why because no student leader has ever helped me in anyway. Probably girls would because this is the time you will notice ladies’ closeness to the so aspirants for various positions.
Now that University of Eldoret Students’ Council will be dissolved today, what next? Anyway that said, we have another thing to focus on. Something that is probably more important than these politics. We should be a better community that co-exists and not led by tribal affiliations. The question remains will the next ‘kalenjins’ be again supported by the Uasin Gishu government for reasons known only to themselves?
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