New UNSA president to prioritise on marginalised students
The newly elected chairman of University of Nairobi Student Association (UNSA[formery SONU]) Eddie Mwendwa has vowed to push for the Government's help in aiding the marginalized students.
Mwendwa who was elected last week said students living with disabilities have been having tough times as the institution has not put infrastructure to aid their mobility.
"Top of my agenda will be addressing the needs of special needs students.
Though our institution has tried, a lot needs to be done especially on improving the infrastructure of our different campuses to favor their movement," he said.
Mwendwa also said he will address the needs of the poor students who mainly rely on Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) for their fees and upkeep while in school.
Hooliganism, drug abuse and crime are other key issues which Mwendwa said he will address during his one year tenure.
The newly elected leaders took the oath of office on November 19, 2020 in a ceremony presided over by the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama.
They emerged the winners following the November 18, 2020 elections held electronically.
This year’s elections go down in the history of the University, being the first of the kind.
Other UNSA Council officials include Vice Chairperson- Kaaria Kagwira Dorcas, Secretary General -Nathan Kiplagat, Treasurer -Georgina Njeri Githua, International Students representative- Vincent Cletus Wiso, Special Needs Representative - Wawira Janet Wachira and Sports and Social Welfare Student’s Representative -Tony Johnson Odindo.
The institutions' Vice Chancellor Prof. Kiama Gitahi congratulated the newly elected leaders saying the management will work with them closely for the betterment of students’ welfare at the university.
“We want to work with you closely to ensure that all students enjoy their stay at UoN. You will be equipped with necessary leadership skills and leave this university having created strong professional networks,” said Prof. Kiama.
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Julius Ogeng’o said he was happy that the UoN governance structure was now complete with the election of the students’ leadership.He lauded the leaders for conducting themselves maturely and peacefully during the electioneering period and making the whole process a success.
“It has been a noise free electioneering period and the elections were free, fair, credible and transparent. The online elections were a major milestone for the university and demonstrated our innovation, courage and adaptability to change. I am looking forward to cordial working relationship with the newly elected student leaders,” Prof. Ogeng’o said.
Mwendwa took over from Ann Mvurya who served for two terms.