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How Class of 1992 Grand Homecoming Celebrations went down

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The Moi University Class of 1992 held a grand reunion homecoming on Saturday November 3, 2018.
The reunion, aimed at bringing together the alumni class of 1992 who joined the University on November 6, 1988, was a celebration of 30 years since their admission to the University.
The event attracted a good turn-out, with alumni travelling from all corners of the globe to attend. The event began with a prayer from Fr. Fred Njoroge from St. Michael Chaplaincy, who is also an alumnus of Moi University. Fr. Njoroge then led a solemn remembrance pic8of the departed alumni. The event also recognized the faculty who passed on including Prof. Douglas Odhiambo, the founding Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George. Godia and Prof. Joshua Akong’a, among others.
The alumni unveiled a memorial plaque with the names of the departed comrades and went on to light candles and observed a moment of silence.
They proceeded to plant trees at the University’s ‘Kesses Campus’. The event was presided over by former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Shellamiah Okoth Keya, who served the University from 1988 to 1994. He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Keya.
The alumni, who were ecstatic to reunite, were then welcomed for breakfast at the University’s Café and were accompanied by current students and staff.
During the tea-break, Prof. Keya paid a courtesy call to the current Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac S. Kosgey.
The group then assembled at the CER-MESA Auditorium for a session with the University’s Management and the Chief Guest, Prof. Keya.
In his address, Prof. Kosgey highlighted memorable moments during Prof. Keya’s tenure, a period that saw student population increase from 900 in 1988 to 9,000 in 1994. Prof. Kosgey acknowledged Prof. Keya’s contribution to Moi University, noting that he also oversaw infrastructural development that entailed creation of the Second Medical School, Faculties of Agriculture, Fisheries, Law, Education, Chepkoilel Science Campus and Maseno University College.
During Prof. Keya’s tenure, the growth of the University called for construction of buildings especially administrative blocks, staff houses, primary schools, water and sewerage line, road infrastructure, farms, large student hostels, Margaret Thatcher Library (MTL), Student Centre, to mention a few, said Prof. Kosgey.
Prof. Kosgey noted that the Class of 1992 underwent unique circumstances during their admission to the University.
“We are so proud of you for having made tremendous contribution in both the public and private sectors,” said Prof. Kosgey, in recognition of Prof. Keya’s work.
The VC further hailed the alumni for eptomising the Moi University spirit of sacrifice, commitment and love to serve the society. He singled out some of the alumni, including Hon. Aden Duale, Leader of Majority in the National Assembly; Murang’a Governor, H.E Mwangi wa Iria; Turkana West MP, Hon. Daniel Nanok; former Principal Secretary Amb. Richard Titus Ekai; former Director General of Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) and current Chairman of Lake Turkana Wind Power Limited, Mr. Mugo Kibati; Managing Director of Isuzu East Africa, Ms. Rita Kavashe; Director General of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu; CEO I&M Bank Limited, Mr. Kihara Maina; Chairperson of the Board of Kenya Accreditation Service and former Konza founder CEO, Dr. Catherine Adeya and Kiambu CEC, Dr. Juliet Kimemia.
They also include First Secretaries and Counsellors (current and former) in various Kenya Missions including those in Canada, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia.
Prof. Kosgey said he was delighted to have the team back home and thanked the organizers of the event. He noted that he looked forward to engaging more with the alumni in mentorship of current students and asked them to contribute towards establishment of a vibrant Endowment Fund to help needy students stay their course while in the University.
Prof. Keya narrated his experience from his appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of Moi University and the challenges he faced with the class of 1992 who rioted at the National Youth Service in October 1988 and caused the Government to reconsider the then famed pre-university programme.
The Class of 1992 was the first group to be expelled en-masse prior to joining a University and also the first group to report to local Chiefs weekly before joining the University furthermore,  the first group that had to report to a public university in Kenya with their parents on the first day, November 6, 1988.
The former VC applauded the University for the tremendous Growth it has experienced from then. He, in particular, mentioned the IGUs the University has developed including the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), Rivatex East Africa Limited, the Coding for Employment by African Development Bank, Elimu Millers among others, to sustain itself.
Prof. Keya further challenged the University to venture into the current emerging fields and also focus on postgraduate programmes.
The vibrant event mover, Dr. Catherine Nyaki Adeya, asked the alumni to engage more actively with the University and improve their communication through the Alumni Office.
The session ended by presentations of gifts to the Chief Guest and a vote of thanks from Mr. Mugo Kibati; Managing Director of Isuzu East Africa. After working up an appetite during the session, the group then proceeded to Ngeria Kitchen 1 for a scrumptious lunch sponsored by Alumni. As they partook of theirs meals, they took time to rekindle their old friendships with classmates from years gone-by. They later visited their hostels, common rooms and lecture halls, among others.
The event was covered by the renowned Media Consultant and alumnus of Moi University, Mr. Alex Chamwada, who is the founder and CEO of CHAMS Media Limited,  a TV production company that supplies content to KTN TV.

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