Students elect leaders for 2020/2021 Academic Year
Mr Cliff Oketch Onyango is the new Chairman of the Student Association of the Technical University of Kenya (SATUK). He will steer the Association for the next one year.
Ms. Faith Masoso was elected deputy chairperson. The two were elected unopposed, after potential challengers were knocked out on technicalities. Basically they did not meet the threshold the provisions of the university student’s union electoral college system.
Others elected student leaders were; Clinton Mariera – the Secretary General, Lynn Chepcheng – Finance, Oloo Tryphone - Academic, Brenda Owiny – Gender, Kotieno B. Japheth - Sports, Culture and Entertainment Secretary.
Mr. Reagan Mutimba was elected the Council Speaker, Millicent Naserian was elected Deputy Speaker. Chepkemoi Sharon and Gideon Nyambane were elected Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms respectively.
The SATUK Council together with elected representatives from various schools were sworn in by the University Secretary, Mrs. Ruth Kirwa, in presence of students, electoral board and witnessed by the VC, Prof. Francis Aduol. The VC was accompanied Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Executive Dean, Prof. Peter Matu, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FEBE) counterpart Prof. Edwin O. Ataro, Director Students Support Services Prof. Omondi Oketch, among others.
The VC urged the University electoral body to ensure that minority groups and gender representation are considered in future.
Prof. Aduol commended the electioneering process noting that in the last two years, student politics have been conducted in a very peaceful manner unlike in the previous years when they were marred by chaos.
The electoral system (electoral college) dictates that university students elect representatives from their various colleges (as delegates) who are then tasked with voting in the executive leadership that forms council.
The VC commended the outgoing union officials led by Mr. Paul Karanja noting that they conducted themselves well in discharging their duties and ensuring smooth running of the University.
Prof. Oketch challenged the incoming leadership to uphold integrity and be proud of their achievements adding that the opportunity to discharge their mandate.
“You are now an integral part of the University management and you have a responsibility in changing this society,” said Prof. Oketch
The incoming SATUK chair assured the university fraternity of good leadership and progress.
“I take this opportunity with humility and trust, I will endure to meet the challenges, previous leadership did well, we will do much better,” Mr. Onyango said.
Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships
The VC emphasised that university continuity is important especially when working with partners locally and internationally who would want to connect with us in areas of capacity building, research and training, scholarships and other interests that would benefit the university.
“I was in London late last year and I met with various partners who would want to link with us including the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships, they were concerned about frequent university strikes in Kenya, that would affect corporation like scholarships and students exchange programmes,” Prof. Aduol said
The VC revealed that TU-K is lucky that it was chosen among the 11 universities worldwide to participate in the commonwealth scholarship exchange programme.
“We already received information from the scholarship shortlisting panel that 49 scholars have selected TU-K, two of them are from outside Africa, yet the sponsor had indicated that they would post us one candidate,” Prof. Aduol said.
“Students, you need to understand that our name is bigger than we think, I am happy that whenever we send out our students on scholarship, they emerge top and we receive reports of good commendations,” Prof. Aduol concluded.