Moi University’s acting Vice Chancellor gave his first oration since taking charge of the university in an event held on 18th November. The event was set to be graced by Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i.
The occasion was held at the University’s Margaret Thatcher Library started at ten o’clock with entertainment from the Moi University choir. The occasion featured the first speech by Prof. Laban Ayiro, as an acting Vice Chancellor. The main agenda was to address the state of affairs in the university and talk about rebranding the university . Despite the absence of the cabinet secretary, there was a representative on his behalf, Prof. Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha.
Prof. Chacha, Chair of Commission for University Education said,” The University’s management and leadership should rise to the occasion. The VCand his team should work without interference. But at the same time, Moi University should ask itself what kind of a university it hopes to be.”
There were many guests present including Uasin Gishu’s Deputy Governor, representatives from other universities including Embu University, University of Nairobi and Masinde Muliro University. Prof. Miriam Were, Chancellor of the university, also in attendance said,” Moi University will rise again. One way can be by talking about the innovations that have been produced here.”
The VC, who was the last to address the gathering,was cheered by students as he stood to walk to the podium. He gave an impassioned speech touching on workers, students and the community at large in his efforts to rebrand the image of the university. He said,” This is a mission i am prepared to give my all. Moi University must stand again. We must make a choice on the size and type of university we want. We must also act as one and shun ethnic divisions and instead, embrace diversity.”
The event was over by 3pm which was marked by a photo session with some students and a luncheon for the high profile guests. Biffon Momanyi,one of the students in attendance, said he believed in the mission and vision of the VC to transform the university.
This article was written by Capital Campus Contributor Anthony Mbugua.