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By Allahwin Abdallah Otieno (Political Science Student)
As an Egalitarian, I’ve always believed that ‘I should do something’ always saves compared to ‘something should be done.’ This has led me into rigorous contemplation on what contributions and improvements I’m initiating to this society, rather than focusing on what the society ought to do or does to me.
The itinerary of change and development is twisted and full of leaps and bounds, making it difficult for attainment of any evident improvement within a specific time span especially in a dog-eat-dog ‘SOMU’ society.
Egocentrism and vested interests play part where artifice, dexterous and good political will ought to; hampering benevolence and leadership passion meant to bring forth development, improvements and attainment of the all-along-been-cried-for CHANGE.
One wonders what happened to the ‘comrade unison’ because what exists currently in our varsity is more or less a dog tag! There is evident stagnation of almost everything apart from the continuity of sufferance in silence and reception of less quality services; which parallel with vast prowess of poor performance and shoddy delivery by the SOMU officials who, are heavily dented by the bureaucracy.
They ought to admit the mea culpa in their capacity for no one needs to be a rocket scientist to deduce what a child’s brain change ought to be pro bono, subject to vindication of its existence in the first place!
Mohandas Gandhi’s said, ‘Be the change you wish to see.’ This definitely reiterates importance of togetherness among like-minded individuals yearning to transform the society through stopping to preach ‘CHANGE’, and act the course for it!
Solidarity is very important in asserting influences we cannot initiate as individuals since in unison, we are heard – and our voices cannot be ignored.
SOMU lacks this backing since there is no stern student back up in push to implement policies that are our priorities.
The three-semester tenure makes the regime vulnerable and susceptible to manipulation hence, no certainty of delivering, as it is predetermined as rite of passage – incinerated with strike-moods due to tension and insatiable needs promised to gunner votes; none of which are addressed promptly.
The toothless individuals in office are there for a stale reputation, fame, and meandrous C.V-making orgy. “After all we came to Maseno for a degree and we shall exit after the four years’ hell-experience,” a fools brain in monologue! We should leave Maseno a better place than we found it.
A question will be directed to you on what improvements in terms of policies or development you did bring during your tenure – NOTHING – apart from your gibberish fat plastic grin and attending conferences spending our money besides your monthly salary- save for banging around!
The academic doctrine designed by the bureaucracy impairs the officials’ vigor rendering them compromised to the verge of losing focus on implementing their manifesto – even a word.
SOMU ought to be INDEPENDENT rather than being a puppet faction that deserves obliteration. This is the only remedy to stop these politics of stagnation where regimes come and pass without any betterment and improvement of students’ welfare!
We need checks and balances, we need a watchdog to monitor whether there is implementation of policies or not.
Lastly, we need clausal provision in the SOMU constitution offering impeachment of lame leadership for better ones.
We need to revolutionize how we manage our affairs if we really want to translate the over-preached ‘CHANGE’ into practical reality – lest stagnation reigns still.
Comrade Unity will uproot Maseno from its mud-stagnation of poor standards as it hastily macerates and retrogresses to ‘crumble’.
Let us unite to demand for checks and balances; though i have a feeling there should be an officiated independent and vibrant opposition organization to wield pressure on the ruling regime to make them deliver and stop being impertinent puppets of ghost machinery!
Autocracy takes its course when a regime becomes lame! COMRADES WAKE UP AND UNITE, dog days are gone.
MR AND MISS MASENO UNIVERSITY 2014/15 CROWNING; SHOCKING UNCOVERING OF THE UNDERNEATH ‘DIRT SCENES’.
The norm is that the best usually stands out, and when it does, the whole world does see the best from a distant and agrees to it as it is.
Even before auditions, it was indisputable that Ivy Nambe (not real name) was among the best in the female category, if not the best.
Considering the skills, crowd and praises she had behind her, it is still unclear why she never made it even in top five. The curiosity behind this brought us shocking revelation.
In an interview with her, more questions rose up, raising even more eye brows of what might have transpired behind the scenes.
First, she thinks the event was not fair because she doesn’t understand what the judges looked for in a model in order to come out among the best, considering her experience in the field over the rest.
“I think I have a great body than the reigning Miss Maseno. I am taller and even eloquent than her,” she said when explaining why she deserved the crown better.
She revealed that, her not appearing in the top five list may have been as result of an influential figure in SOMU’s entertainment sector who was settling a grudge with her. But it later came out that there was a student lady judge, Ann, who is said to have used the power she held then to do away with the few she thought not fit to be top.
Speaking to one of the judges, M…., (name withheld), ‘I was greatly displeased with the selection of the top beauties, we never equally agreed on the final top beauties. I saw Marylyne as the best over the reigning Miss Maseno, but she came up with reasons not to. Eveln Njambi was the third in our list but she said her personality was not good to be ambassador of Maseno University.’
‘As a judge, I can see someone’s personality on the stage so I never really saw that applied. We had Marylynn as our number one, some other girl and Evelyn as number three. So whatever happened to the final results was out of our hands,’ he added.
“The whole thing was not fair, and would let the whole world know, if had the ability. But even so, please don’t mention me for my customer-based sake.” He finalized.
Ann wanjugu is said to have sat in as a judge, since she was a trainer, in order to give information on the model’s character, personality, frequency in training attendance and maybe general behavior. Could she have exaggerated? Could she have lied?
As it turns out, she made major decisions.
On asking for her opinion over the whole idea, she said the event was generally fair and up on the bar.
By fate, a lady friend to one of the model’s, was given a car lift to Kisumu by one of the judges. She reported to the model friend that this given judge complained a lot on Ann wanjugu getting to much on the decision making and how it was entirely unfair. The model told us.
It also happened to be strange that most models, even in the male category, grumbled that the judges never paid attention to them. “They seemed distracted; I would look at them and see them talking to each other and doing other stuff instead of watching us on stage,” Emanuel Bosire, a male contestant, said at an instance. Why was this?
Getting back to the model’s confessions, she continued that, “He called me to his room severally for advances I’d rather withhold, but turned them down,” she shocked us. “I never thought it would have such an implication on me and was greatly surprised the moment the results were read out.”
It also came out clearly that the current Miss Maseno University, Jacqueline Musele, never attended the training sessions consistently after making through the auditions until the last days. This was in regard that, it was mandatory to attend all the sessions in order to make it to the competitions. Otherwise the contestant was to be eliminated.
Ann wanjugu, should have stated this about Jacky during the judging, but we don’t know how that slipped.
It was during the interview that she said that it was only fair for the judges to give reasons why the rest of the contestants never made it and state the individual’s strengths and weaknesses.
“Are we capitalizing modeling as a talent or propagating politics? Was it fair not to rank all the models? Is there any need for auditions if the winner is pre-determined?” she asked herself.
She declared that, she would not run for the title ever again and at the same time wouldn’t advocate for any lady to do the same unless they intend to compromise their dignity.
“I love to keep things professional and I have paid the price for having stood by that. Even so, it makes me proud of myself.” She added. “I still have to get to the bottom of all this.”
“Either way, it is not the end of me. A title fades away, but dignity stands the test of time.” She finalized.
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