MMUST – EMSK INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SECURITY
9TH – 12TH JUNE, 2015

NEW PARADIGMS IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY: THE ROLE OF NATIONAL AND COUNTY GOVERNANCE, EDUCATION, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA

SPEECH BY THE VICE CHANCELLOR – MMUST, PROF. FREDRICK A. O. OTIENO, PHD ON WEDNESDAY, 10TH JUNE, 2015 AT BISHOP STAM PASTORAL CENTER

Hon. Prof. Collette A. Suda, PhD, EBS, Principal Secretary of Science and Technology,

Your Excellences:

Hon. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, Governor of Kakamega County,
Hon. Moses Akaranga, Governor of Vihiga County,
Hon. Kenneth Lusaka, Governor of Bungoma County,
Hon. Sospeter Ojaamong, Governor of Busia County,
Hon. Patrick Khaemba, Governor of Trans – Nzoia County,
Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo, Chairman - Commissioner, NCIC
Regional Police Coordinator, Western Region,
All Security Chiefs present,
All Education Administrators and Managers invited,
Secretary General, KNUT
Chairman, Secondary Schools Heads Association
Chairman, Primary Schools Heads Association
Deputy Vice Chancellors
Distinguished Guests
University Staff and Students,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Morning,
Allow me to take the earliest opportunity to welcome you all to Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology for this noble Conference that seeks to find workable solutions on security; a matter that we all are apprehensive about. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is common knowledge that the entire world is under siege by terrorists who are purposively bent to destroy mankind and his civilization. Untold sufferings inflicted on victims of acts of terror shall make our future generations judge us harshly if we do not put a stop to terrorism.
The silence by institutions of higher learning is too loud yet we all know that we are at risk. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Educational Management Society of Kenya, have resolved to spearhead the debate that will eventually produce results in our fight against terror. We have set forth this International Conference to strategize on how terrorism can be deterred if not stopped altogether.
We ought to take decisive measures and attack the source. Thus, when we teach how to make a bomb, the same lessons ought to be accompanied by lessons on ethics and philosophies of morality. Religious intolerance, racism and segregation among other evils leading to terrorism should be brought on top of the table for discussions and the best resolutions should be implemented for the good of all humanity.
The pertinent questions that we should ask ourselves during this Conference are: who shall take this fierce bull by its own horns and victoriously fight terrorism? Can you and I who thrive in the highest annals of teaching and learning continue to sit around and helplessly watch our communities barely survive terrorism assaults? Admittedly, we are living in controversial times. Much as some of us are striving to develop and save lives, terrorists are out to destroy mankind. In the real sense, no one can tell, with certainty, who is a true friend or treacherous traitor around. To say the least, no one is safe even in our houses of prayer, education or home. The blood – thirsty enemy, in the name of terrorism, has invaded our working and dwelling places; he is on the rampage ready to kill and destroy! Shall we ignore this impending destruction of our development? Or, shall we stand still to receive our death hands – down? What can we do about our sorrowful situation?
Ladies and gentlemen, these are NOT simple matters. The more I think about them, the more I get encouraged by your coming here for three days to think together, discuss and sieve out the best practical strategic resolutions to counter – act terrorism and mass massacres of our times.
You are all welcome to actively participate in this International Conference. Please feel important and valued. Your individual and collective contribution, I know, shall provide a positive step forward from our seemingly helpless situations. I thank you all most sincerely for coming to share ideas. Enjoy your deliberations as you stay with us at our University of Choice.
God Bless You. God bless MMUST. God Bless Kenya


Prof. F.A.O Otieno, FAAS
Vice Chancellor, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
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Kakamega, Kenya
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10th June 2015
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