Lead efforts to unite Kenyans, varsities urged

Oliver Musembi @PeopleDailyKe

Kenyatta University Chancellor Benson Wairegi has challenged institutions of higher learning to lead in efforts to unite the country. Speaking during the university’s 43rd graduation on Friday, he said the institutions are strategically placed to bring harmony in the country following a protracted and divisive “campaign period”.

“Our President has committed himself to uniting the country, but it is the responsibility of all of us individually and collectively, particularly universities and other institutions of higher learning to ensure the country moves forward as one,”he said.

He added that the institution has put in place measures to enhance national unity and champion gender equity through various programmes. During the occasion, 4,319 graduands were conferred with degrees or awarded diplomas in various disciplines. Higher Education Principal Secretary Prof Collette Suda condemned recent destruction of property by rioting students.

“It is sad that recently we witnessed the horrific act of arson in this institution conducted by a few misguided individuals. We ought to realise that we are supposed to preserve building systems and structures for generations to come, not to destroy them.

Today, we benefit from foundations that were laid by our predecessors, who no doubt made sacrifices,” the PS said in a speech read by senior education official James Kiburi.

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