Moi University will Thursday award President Uhuru Kenyatta a honorary doctorate degree in Religious Studies, sources have confirmed for Â Kenya Today.
This honour comes after the President and his Deputy William Ruto, who are both facing heinous crimes against humanity at the ICC for their suspected role in the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence, conducted prayer rallies in many parts of the country ahead of their trial at The Hague.
â€œMy good Moi University shall be awarding a Doctorate degree (honorary) to one Uhuru Kenyatta…from no big a school than our sweet sweet School of Arts… from the specific department of Religion…yes! Yes! He prayed for it…Pray, you might get yours!â€ an interesting statement by a staffer at the institution.
According to the institution’s website, the honorary degree award policy reads thus:
“The award of Moi University honorary degrees is based on the individual contribution to the university or to the wellbeing of society and humanity in general. The degrees are awarded during the Moi University graduation ceremonies. The honorees are members of national and international community, who are partners and collaborators in all spheres of academia”.
We had earlier reported that the university had first toyed with the idea of rewarding William Ruto, the regionâ€™s political kingpin, but the plans were shelved for the big fish. Rutoâ€™s honorary is said to be coming in 2015, assuming the International Criminal Court will not have jailed him.
“The award of Moi University honorary degrees is based on the individual contribution to the university or to the wellbeing of society and humanity in general
Meanwhile, more drama from the institution as the Dean of Students, one Mr David Mureithi, whom this writer was told has been the dean for over 27 years, shocked his students when he insisted that the recent election losers in the university’s students union will ‘share power’ with the winners.
“After 27 years, this guy wakes up and changes the meaning of democracy. . .since when did losers share power with winners in a free, fair, transparent and credible elections?” posed an agitated student. We however could not reach the newly elected Student’s guild president to make a comment as he was said to be busy in meetings with various associations within the students community.
“The student government is not a Grand Coalition where we report to two principals. Our constitution does not allow that,” continued the student who requested anonymity for fear of being expelled. The university still has a draconian rule where students are not allowed to speak to members of the press, unless under written permission from the university.