2nd year CUEA law student, Barbara Chebet is the second runners up winner of the 4th African Organisation for Standardization (ARSO) Essay writing Competition.
Barbara was awarded in an event held at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday, March 22. She received a recognition certificate and 50,000 Kshs for the feat.
She was quite ecstatic upon learning that her essay had emerged among the top three. “When I penned the article I did not expect to win”, she said in an interview after the event.
Her article was titled; “The role of standards in facilitating the rights of women”. It looked at the role that standards could play in giving better access to women rights on Education, Agriculture, Business and Healthcare.
She learnt of the competition in November 2016, through a WhatsApp message shared by her class representative on their class WhatsApp group. The 800 word article took her about two weeks to pen.
Barbara describes herself as an avid reader and writer and was hence very eager to participate in the competition. She has been contributing articles in an online portal that earns her some pay once in a while. Recently she joined a book club run by the Text Book centre which meets every month to discuss a selected text.
Asked about what she would do with the prize money she said that she had already invested in a number of books including the next text for the book club meet and was thinking of other beneficial investment options.
Barbara and the other top two winners have been invited to attend the ARSO week in June, 2017 to be held in Bukina Faso. She and other top 25 participants will have their essays assessed for the continental award.
The Faculty of Law held a public lecture on Thursday 16th March, 2017 on the” New Bribery Law: The private sector, a victim or a culprit” facilitated by Mr. Mohammed Nyaoga, Chairman Central Bank of Kenya Board of Governors.
Quoting from the set law, he said that “the principal objective of the Bribery Act 2016 is to extend the fight against corruption to the private sector by equally criminalizing bribery in the sector”.
He said that,“EACC has got a role to play in promoting sanity on bribery. It can develop standards on integrity and code of ethics to promote the Act”.
The Act provides for penalties of up to Sh5 million for anyone found giving or receiving bribes or be jailed for ten years.
In addition, Courts will have leeway to decide whether to add more penalties if “quantifiable gain” to the suspect or “quantifiable loss” to the victim is proven.
They may include fines of up to five times the gain you received by taking part in corruption, your property being confiscated or you being blacklisted from serving in any office in Kenya.
“You can have the best laws in the constitution but enforcement implementation is the key”, he said.
The forum attracted students from other faculties attracting more questions in the cases of corruption in the country. However, Mr Nyaoga advised them to consider integrity as an individual.
Already, there are laws that forbid corruption such as the Public Officer Ethics Act of 2003, the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act of 2003 and the Leadership and Integrity Act 2012.
Mr Nyaoga is also a senior partner at Mohammed Muigai Advocates.
The Kenya Green University Network, with support from UN Environment and NEMA, is pleased to inform you that two scholarships are available for students from Kenya Green University Network member institutions to attend the World Environmental Education Congress taking place in September in Vancouver, Canada.
The University is hosting the first East Africa Social Work students’ summit from March 14-15 2017.
The theme of the event is “The Role of Social Work students in promoting Sustainable Development goals in Africa and beyond”. It is taking place at the Jubilee auditorium.
The summit is aimed at training the students and tackling some emerging issues in slums and urban living areas and the transcending unfavorable social work climate in East Africa.
Amongst the topics for discussion include:Forced evictions as a human rights violations in Kenya, Sustainability of access and supply of commonly abused drugs among persons with disabilities, the impact of father absenteeism on social vulnerability among modern families in Urban Kenya and Social work students and practitioners as agents of ending poverty and forms in society.
The conference will also talk about the role of Social workers in addressing the challenges facing the youth in accessing Youth Enterprise Development Fund, the role of social work students on achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
Hygiene is one of the key topics that Social Workers train the society about.The summit has also planned to talk on the role of social work students in promoting menstrual hygiene management practices and psychosocial well-being of rural primary school girls.
The key speakers include renown learned individuals like Dr. Gidraph Wairire the President of Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASWA), Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Nairobi.