On Tuesday to Wednesday, June 25-26, we hosted a Regional Joint Conference (together with Chuka University) under the theme “Power Narratives in Kenya’s 2017 Elections and Citizens’ Democratic Development Aspirations beyond the Polls”.
More than 30 researchers, Lectures and Students from various Universities within the country attended the conference for presentations.
The keynote address was presented by Prof. Fred Jonyo, Chair; Department of Political Science and Public Admn; University of Nairobi. His presentation was about Kenya’s 2017 Elections and Citizen’s Aspirations beyond the Polls.
Every session had Guest Speakers presenting different themes and the Main Guest Speaker was Prof.Edward W.N. Kisiang’ani, Chairman, Department of History, Archeology and Political Studies (Kenyatta University) with ‘Is a Referendum the Cure for Kenya’s Electoral Problem?’ as the theme for his presentations.
Different themes were presented by different Speakers including ‘Neo-Colonialism Domiciled in Family Dynasties’, by Mtumishi, Njeru Kathangu (CUEA), ‘Political Power and Universal Healthcare coverage in Post 2017 General Election Kisumu County, Kenya’, by Kennedy Opande (UON), ‘Congestion, Conflicts and Urban Politics: Understanding the 2017 Post Election Violence in Nairobi Slum’, by Eliud Biegon (Chuka University) were among many other presentations during the conference.
Among those who graced the occasion were Rev. Prof. Peter Gichure, Acting DVC Academics, Rev. Dr. Boniface Mungai, University Chaplain, and Prof. B.A. Mulemi, Ag.Director-Directorate of Research and Innovation, CUEA, and Eliud Biegon, Department of Humanties, Chuka University.
On Wednesday, June 26, we hosted HAART Kenya for an event under the theme 'Empowering People through Local Livelihood Options; Promoting Safe Migration' at Jubilee Hall-Room 5.
Students were made to understand how Human Trafficking is happening and options for Safe Migration. Human Trafficking can be through Forced Labour, Sexual Exploitation, Organ Removal, Forced Marriage among others and students were encouraged by HAART Kenya personnel to report such cases.
"As University students, we have role in creating awareness about Human Trafficking as youths in the society", said Ms. Veronica Mwangi.
HAART Kenya is NGO based in Nairobi, creating awareness Against Human Trafficking.
Among those who attended were Mr. Wakanyua, University Dean of Students, Ms. Veronica Mwangi, Assistant Director at Kenya Commission Human Rights, Personnel from HAART Kenya and students.
On Saturday, June 15, we celebrated the African Child Day at Ng’ong market with the theme ‘Kid’s Choice is Renewable’.
CUEA with other organizations such as Global Hope Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, 350 Org., JPIC Franciscan Africa, Sisters of Mercy Kenya, Learning and Spiritual Center and Mary Immaculate School came together to mark this day.
The procession began in the morning from Zambia road in Ngong towards Ng’ong market creating awareness to the residents about the importance of keeping the environment clean as they requested them to particularly use the greener and renewable energy rather than fossil fuels which are harmful to the environment.
The event was finally graced at Global Hope and Rescue Center where lunch was provided and CUEA band entertained the kids.
The African Child Day has been celebrated every year since 1991 to honor those who participated in the Soweto uprising in South Africa and raises awareness of continuing need for improvement of education provided to African Children. It was initiated by Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) now known as African Union (AU).
On Monday, June 24, we hosted United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) under the theme ‘Careers to build a better world” in collaboration with South Sudan for a Career Program at Jubilee Auditorium in the afternoon from 2pm.
Among those who attended the program were Mr. Wakanyua, Dean of Students who stepped in for the VC, Fr. Jacob, South Sudan Students Association Patron, Ms. Bertinah Msabaa, HR Manager UNOPS, Ms. Juliana Amal Obonyo, HOP UNOPS, Grace Lawrence and Martha Abari, UNOPS Personnels and students.
Mr. Wakanyua encouraged all students to attend such career talks as it is very important in education development and it serves the right purpose for students.
“We welcome all students to join our organization as we provide internships and offer job opportunities to students globally. For us to recruit you, you must be able to have integrity, effective communication, strategic perspectives and leading self and others”, said Ms. Bertinah.
Grace Lawrence and Martha Abari shared their working experience in UNOPS and encouraged students to always improve their CVs by working as volunteers and not just work because of getting money.
Ms .Juliana Amal Obonyo concluded by advising students to always consider their communities first and they should go and improve their countries instead of being in foreign countries after excelling in education.
UNOPS is part of the United Nations family, it supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peace building, humanitarian and development projects around the world.
On Thursday, June 13, we celebrated the CUEA Family Day during Holy Mass under the theme, “Trinitarian Community: A Community of Believers of One Heart and One Mind”. The Principal Celebrant of the Holy Eucharistic Celebration was His Eminence John Cardinal Njue.
The University is dedicated to the Holy Trinity with a Chapel and residence by the same name. In the Mass, the Cardinal received one new convert and confirmed 9 candidates who included the new convert.
During his homily, John Cardinal Njue appreciated the confirmation candidates for taking the great step of faith and for the received convert for joining the Catholic Church and further encouraged them to focus on their dignity and remain in God through prayers and by partaking the sacraments.
The Cardinal also urged members of the CUEA community to remain united with a common purpose for the success of the institution and without looking at where one came from. “We have come from far, we are still far and we are going far”, he reminded the congregation.
“Each person has to play his/her rightful role to make CUEA improve further. Focus on the truth in education as truth will set you free and let’s improve not for ourselves but for the future too”, said Cardinal as he gave the final blessings.
Rev. Prof. Peter Gichure, stepping in for the VC appreciated Cardinal Njue for his love for education and welcomed the new converts and confirmed candidates to the Catholic Church.
Sr. Dr. Noelina Nakato who recently was recognized as a World Champion and Father of Modern Ecumenism Studies was awarded a Trophy and Certificate by the Cardinal at the end of the Mass.
After the mass there was cake-cutting ceremony with the Cardinal and the new converts.
Cardinal John Njue is the Pro-Chancellor of the University and is also a member of its board of Trustees. Besides that, the University’s main campus is situated at Langata, which is under the Archdiocese of Nairobi led by Cardinal Njue.
The Feast of the Holy Trinity will be marked on Sunday, June 16.