Former Parliament Speaker, Honourable Francis Ole Kaparo urged University students to shun ethnicity and tribalism and work towards a united country. Hon. Kaparo was speaking at the University of Nairobi Main Campus on November, 23, 2016.
Hon. Francis ole Kaparo is currently the Chairman of National Commission and Integration Commission, NCIC, a body charged with national cohesion and uniting the country.
The longest serving House Speaker urged students drawn from several universities to make the country liveable. “Avoid ethnic and tribal clashes. You can sort out your differences using dialogue without resorting to violence. ”said Mr. Kaparo. On the student strikes, he urged students to be University Ambassadors and to protect the globally respected brand.
On time management, Mr. Kaparo encouraged students to be disciplined, stick to a schedule and avoid time wastage. On getting employment opportunities, Honourable Kaparo reminded students of the immense opportunities that exist for self employed graduates. On corruption, students were cautioned against engaging in the evil practise.
University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi who was represented by Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, cautioned the young people against being radicalized and joining extremist groups. He noted that the ideological warfare is the only way to fight terrorism. Prof. Mbithi as well urged the young people to avoid shortcuts in life and contribute towards leadership in Kenya.
On his part, Mr. Maurice Mac’Oloo, from the Ford Foundation urged students to show good leadership and participate in developing the next generation of Kenyan leaders.
The event was organized by Youth Advancement Initiative, the Ford Foundation and the University of Nairobi.
Francis Ole Kaparo was accompanied by among others Prof. Ritah Asunda , Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, USIU-Africa, Commissioner Linda Ochiel from NCIC, Mr. John Orindi, Director, University of Nairobi Corporate Affairs and Mr. Victor Uhuru