President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have always insisted their coming together was premised on the unity and cohesion of the nation. As we close in on the electioneering period of 2017, the narrative is even louder with their new Jubilee Party’s slogan of a united Kenya.
However, the happenings in the country showcase a total contradiction of what the two want us to believe. The culture of ethnic intolerance, hate and tribalism has never been rifer.
Meanwhile, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, the body charged with midwifing a cohesive Kenya, is but a toothless dog.
The recent move by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and other politicians to storm Moi University to evict an acting vice chancellor because he is an “outsider” borders on hate mongering and is a serious threat to national cohesion.
The university is a national institution and cannot be run like a village baraza. We expect the President to support Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in his efforts to entrench professionalism and adherence to good practices in our learning institutions.
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