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Wetangula orders probe into city varsity over LGBTQ claim

Thursday, February 29th, 2024 05:15 | By
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang'ula. PHOTO/Wetang'ula(@HonWetangula)/X
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang'ula. PHOTO/Wetang'ula(@HonWetangula)/X

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula yesterday ordered a probe into the alleged reports of promotion of LGBTQ at Daystar University.

Wetangúla also asked a parliamentary committee to investigate claims that the same institution was forcing Muslim students to attend the Chapel contrary to their rights to freedom of religion.

The Speaker directed the Education Committee led by Tinderet MP Julius Melly to conduct the inquiry and report back within the next 14 days.

Wetangúla told Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, who was in parliament to respond to members’ questions, to deploy his team for a fact-finding mission to Daystar University to establish the truth on the matter.

Education committee

“Go and find out these allegations. I’ll direct the Clerk to avail you of the Hansard report of what Nyali MP Mohammed Ali has said. You will be at liberty to also call the member and discuss with him and appear before the committee of education,” Wetangula ruled.

Ali had raised the question over the alleged malpractices at the university following complaints into the alleged practice of withholding marks from the said students who fail to attend masses at the Chapel.

“What Daystar University is doing is wrong. And I want to ask the CS education, to make sure that they do a follow-up on this case, the only option for Daystar University is to make sure that their policies are within the constitution,” stated Ali.

Denied marks

In his response to the questions before the House, Machogu said no student within the higher learning institution had been denied marks for failing to attend services or forced to abide by the religion policy.

The CS reading from a statement that had been provided by the university management said upon admission, students sign a code of conduct, by which they agreed to abide by the university’s Christian values and a commitment.

“The university has also indicated that it is students are required by policy to attend at least 75 per cent of all scheduled chapel services in any given semester. However, they have denied that release of marks is conditional on attending the services,” Machogu said.

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