Student Constitution Review Retreat

Student Association of KCA University (SAKU) representatives committee on constitution review ended its three -day retreat in Naivasha.  The retreat was officially launched by Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaiah I.C. Wakindiki.

Prof. Wakindiki reminded the review team the need to uphold integrity as they undertook the constitution amendment exercise. “Integrity is doing the right thing as is written and simply following the 6th sense which is common sense,” he said.

Also present were; DVC Academic Affairs Prof. Joshua Bagaka’s, Kisumu Campus Principal Roggers Abong’o, University Legal Counsel Judy Warui, Dean of Students Lameck Ang’ila, SAKU council led by President Peter Mutua among other university officers.

The retreat was organized to provide an opportunity to the committee to consolidate views of the students as captured during public participation forums across the campuses.

The review committee visited our campuses in Kitengela, Town, Kisumu and Ruaraka to listen to students presentations on the exercise, and to examine various issues in the constitution identified as requiring amendment. The student who did not participate through face-to-face forums were allowed to submit their views online.

Presentations done at the retreat covered several interest areas in constitution amendments such as SAKU membership, cessation of membership, election and voting process.

Participants at the retreat observed that 2021 constitution amendment was a major milestone in the history of constitution making for university, reflecting the commitments and determination of the SAKU council to correct the flaws in the constitution, that the 2013 constitution; as amended, has not fully addressed.

The team recognized the efforts of the students who had shown keen interest in the current constitution amendment process by submitting memoranda to the review committee.

At the end of the retreat, the participants agreed that most of the proposals for the constitution amendments received from the students needed to be carefully evaluated to sift practical proposals from unattainable ones.