BY BOSCO NCHOKO & AMOS SANINGO ROLEX
The Kenya Maasai Students Association (KMSA) Annual General Elections have been called off until February 2015 following the chaos.
This followed a tense disagreement on Saturday between students from Kajiado and Narok counties. Most of the students who turned up for the planned elections at Central Park, Nairobi where the exercise was scheduled to take place came as early as 7 o’clock in the morning.
Minor stand-off between those who wanted elections and those who opposed led to the destruction of election materials.
“We want to make sure we respect and honour each other, and above all make wise decisions as it is every student’s right to vote as entrenched within the foundating documents of this organization. However such can and will only be practically possible if and only if there is mutual respect amongst members”, asserted chairman Sammy Oyie.
Oyie lamented on the chaos said that such was a move by those opposing him to settle out personal differences. He said that the indented adopted draft constitution holds a promising future for KMSA.
Sammy Oyie also said the constitution has taken into account the recent clamor for a more representative KMSA and that the spirit of devolution is alive in the structures of the new constitution. He dared anyone to bet against it while calling on all members to turn up in large number to vote for its adoption.
The General Secretary, Fred Lasiti Pere alias Kamlesh took issues with the current structuring of KMSA organization. Pere said that the new draft which will be subjected to a plebiscite next year recognises glaring omission in the organization especially the failure to devolve election polling stations to Nakuru, Eldoret, Narok or Kajiado as opposed to the current central polling station systems.
“We in KMSA office have put in place mechanisms which will enable each and every Maa student to vote, his or her place of study notwithstanding”, said Pere.
According to KMSA Treasurer, Naisoi Ntutu, the manner in which the elections or any other business in the organization is conducted does and will determine the future stability and unity of the student body.
“It would be in the best of interests if this organization continues to serve the Maa community as a whole. It would be a sad day in the history of KMSA if we let personal difference derail it. At no point in time should we let this organization to bleed in the alter of devolution”, said Naisoi.
A desperate move some dissatisfied students to hold elections the old-fashioned or traditional “mlolongo” tactic was highly disputed when an electoral official declared herself a winner- an arbiter and judge on her on case.
Even as beams of the organization are shaken as a result of the chaos which marred the Saturday elections, many students are hopeful that the organization’s future is still promising as it is still robust.
The organization is now expected to conducted elections on February 21 next year.
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