University provides youth chance to intermingle and end tribal bias, should be encouraged- Dr Samuel Kobia

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The National Cohesion and Integration Commission boss has asked parents with students in tertiary institutions to quit discouraging their children from getting spouses from other tribes.

According to Dr Samuel Kobia, tertiary institutions provide the best space for mingling and interaction between youths from different ethnic backgrounds, thus making it the best place to interact.

“Repeating lies we heard in the past that made people from other ethnic groups unfavourable companions is not the right thing to do,” he said.

Awestruck by some norms in the Kenyan society, he further clarified the need to have a society that appreciates integrity and harmony and passes the lessons to the youths.

Dr Kobia said there was need to change how campus students saw the rewarding system of the work they will end up engaging in.

“Is it a wonder that Dr Alex Awiti of Aga Khan University found that 60 per cent of our youth find no wrong in one being rich via corruption,” he posed.

He further asked universities to initiate courses to students on Article 10 of the Constitution on National Values and Principles of Governance so they (institutions) can churn out virtuous graduates.

“We should stop needing to write on every wall in town ‘usikojoe hapa’, because it should be normal for men to go to a proper bathroom to do their business,” he said.

“Similarly, it should not be normal for you to have to write on your piece of land that it is not for sale. It should not be normal for people to try to steal from you what is yours,” he added.

He spoke during the launch of the Peace, Security, and Social Enterprise Conference at Mount Kenya University.

“MKU has decided to make contributions to minimise, if not eradicate the impact of such violence during elections or any other time,” Prof Deogratius Jaganyi said.

“Kenya has in the past witnessed post-election violence stemming from highly contested campaign periods and disputed results. Thus, peaceful electioneering periods would catalyse social enterprise as well as entrench good democratic and governance practices,” added Prof Jaganyi.

Dr Samuel Kobia

National Cohesion and Integration Commission

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