Tight security at Moi University to lock out politicians from attending graduation
By Fred Kibor | September 23rd 2016
Politicians were yesterday
barred from attending the 32nd Moi University graduation ceremony.
The decision was reached
following threats by the North Rift politicians to disrupt the event because of
a row involving the appointment of Laban Ayiro as the acting vice chancellor.
During the ceremony at the
university's main campus in Kesses, security was heightened as police officers,
some in riot gear, were stationed as far as Cheptiret trading center, 9km away
from the venue.
On Tuesday, North Rift
leaders including Governor Jackson Mandago and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart
Alex Tolgos, and a host of MPs, stormed the institution protesting against Prof
And perhaps aware of the
tight security that awaited them on graduation day; the local politicians gave
the ceremony a wide berth.
The officers, both
uniformed and plain clothes, confirmed to The Standard that they had firm
instructions not to allow any politician, into the institution unless they had
Vehicles were not allowed
into the institution and all guests were frisked at the main gate.
"We are under
instructions not to let in any politicians," said a security officer who
declined to be named.
At the graduation pavilion,
the ceremony was presided over by Chancellor Miriam Were, with academicians
donning their ceremonial regalia and occupying the main dais. There was not a
politician in sight.
Prof Were asked
politicians and leaders to inculcate brotherhood and invest in the development
of learning institutions by encouraging ethnic cohesion among Kenyans.
The chancellor said a
cohesive environment created an impetus for rapid development, and asked
politicians to desist from interfering with learning institutions.
"I am calling on
Kenyans to treat each other as a neighbor, brother and sister for a cohesive
nation. As graduates, you should think of yourselves as Kenyans," she
Noting that the university
bears the name of the second President of the republic, Daniel Arap Moi, who
preached peace, the chancellor urged the university fraternity to emulate the
former President's clarion call for a united country.
"This is the kind of
support Moi University should have as we move forward to address any emerging
issues through unity and commitment," she said.
Were said the university
was a source of knowledge, development and inspiration for many graduates as it
was the only institution in Africa with an aerospace programme. She said the
Government had pumped in many resources towards the development of the facility
to achieve its core mandate.
Some 23 graduates were
awarded with doctorate degrees and over 4,500 others with various degrees and
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