On 7th April 2017, the Laikipia University Human Rights club was honored to be invited for a launch of Human Rights Club, Laikipia University- Nakuru campus.
The interim leaders of the club had a resourceful interaction with their main campus counterparts where they deliberated on issues of successful club administration, peaceful mediation and realization of human rights in their immediate environs and the country at large.
The main campus club was also much honored to interact with the Nakuru Campus Director Professor Onyango Ogolla, the Nakuru campus HURI club patron Prof. Vicky Khasandi and the director of quality assurance, Mr. Joseph Wanyoike.
Among the activities carried out on that day was the watching of a film on the Mobutu Sese Seko regime in Congo Zaire. In the film, the club members witnessed the violation of several human rights and freedoms. These included the right to life where the President, Mobutu assassinated those that criticized his government. The freedom of expression was also violated because no one was allowed to speak freely on his regime and those that spoke badly of his administration were arrested or assassinated. Those that were arrested were also denied right to free trial as they were killed almost immediately after their arrest.
The documentary was necessary as it unraveled the cruelty of a dictatorial regime in Congo which is the founding purpose of establishment and practice of Human rights worldwide. The watching of these films will inspire club members and students to bring meaningful change to the country.
Besides mobilizing students to human rights lectures and trainings, the new club will be charged with the responsibility of peaceful mediation between the administration and the students and also work to avoid human rights abuse.
The new club also received materials from the main campus which included KNCHR leaflets, main campus club constitution, human rights booklets among other reading material that will assist them in the club administration. The officials were also urged to write articles on human rights which will be published in the September issue of HURI club newsletter.
The event came to an end with the cutting of cake which signified the start of operations for the new team.
The Laikipia University Human Rights Club officials appreciate the hospitality, kindness and enthusiasm which they witnessed in their stay at the institution. We wish the Nakuru campus the very best in their studies and the championing of human rights.
In line with this year’s theme, let us all “Stand Up For Someone’s Right.”