The reason, it is said, why so many female university students were heavy casualties of the Al shabaab in the Garissa genocide is because the female students were allegedly enticed that they will be spared as Islam forbids killing of women.
In this country, the most disengaged group of citizens are female university students. Most female students never engage in contemporary public issues – meaning they are well educated but with minds that are as closed as Migingo Island.
Too few female students want to know the politics going on around them. In fact, the mention of politics ‘turns off’ so many female students – and so many so called ‘career women’ (former female students) in the professions. Watching broadcast news or reading print on current affairs in universities is a luxury, if not a leisure undertaking.
There are female students who’ve watched the whole of Empire or the last episode of Scandal but ask them who is the Inspector General of the Police and you see the underwhelming emptiness I’m talking about.
Many female students are stuck in the mud of time; wasting away in their castles of beauty (even when non exists) and social indifference to public affairs.
And this is not just female students alone. I had, and still have, a very low opinion of male students who care about nothing in their environments save for their coursework and the female students they fuck…these fellows have their days set between hostel beds and lecture halls.
Then there is the other tragedy in Kenyan universities – submission.
University students in this country are submissive to any and all authority. This is explainable. It has everything to do with how both parents and university administrators socialize students.
My son/daughter, don’t get yourself in trouble. Don’t be an activist. You risk being suspended or expelled. Avoid bad company, avoid group-think, avoid this, avoid that blah blah blah.
And when students raise their voices; when they question wrongs, or curious stuff happening around them, and dare act, they get suspended and expelled in droves. You saw it at Kenyatta University after March 4.
So you find young people at the university who can’t join any cause. Can’t raise their voices. Can’t stand up for themselves. Why? Because not only do they lack the ideological core and intellectual discipline to ‘stand their ground’, they are also fearful and frightened and timid – containers!
That’s why you find in some universities the watchmen is more powerful than the student.
I’m not saying students should disobey authority but each must question authority.
Female students must start to avoid the freebies of being female. They must get out of their gendered ignorance. Times are uncertain and so female students must not just know their ‘beb’. How did so many female students believe that terrorists would spare them? Didn’t they know that these people – the terrorists – also have the promise of 72 virgins?
Finally, I urge students, both male and female, to be abreast with contemporary social forces at play. Students must be proactive in questioning capitalism and its other variants – corporatism, elite greed, financialization, military-industrial complexes, media-industrial complexes, white-savior industrial complexes, etc etc.
Which university in this country has a centre, or institute for terrorism studies? In this country our experience with terrorism, if we aren’t victims, we are just observers , just standers-by.
We see victims of terrorists, and killed terrorists as propagated by the media. The problem with the Kenyan media is that it covers terrorism according to who pays. Whoever pays determine who is to be blamed for it. We know nothing about terrorism as an ideology. We have no ‘safety guide’ to tell us what to do when terror strikes so we turn for our usual culprits – so and so.
Be all these as they may, female students should be interested in knowing something beyond CU, and movie series and books and sex and fashion and weaves and wigs and shoes.
To be disinterested in what’s going on now is to be careless with your life.
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