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

The Regional Coordinator, Western Region,

All Security Chiefs present

All Education Administrators and Managers invited

The Secretary General, KNUT

The Chairman, Principals Secondary Schools Heads Association

The Chairman, Primary Schools Heads Association

The Deputy Vice Chancellors

Distinguished Guests

University Staff and Students,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Since the last century, the entire world is under siege by terrorists who are purposively bent to destroy mankind and his civilization. Untold sufferings inflicted on masses of victims from terrorism shall make our future generations unable to forgive us, if, we cannot intently stop the streams of innocent blood from defiling our posterity.

Seemingly, institutions of higher learning are too silent about this matter, leaving it exclusively to politicians. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Educational Management Society of Kenya, have resolved to join other thinkers to do their best in contributing towards alleviation of terrorism in our time and beyond. Thus, we have set forth this International Conference to think deeper about how terrorism shall be deterred if not stopped altogether. I think the brains behind terrorism are nurtured in our institutions of learning. For us therefore, to counteract terrorism, we should take care of 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. Moreover, the issue of unfair distribution of national and/or international wealth - brewing resources should not be shut out of the equation. Religious intolerance, racism and segregation among other evils leading to terrorism should be brought on top of the table for discussions and best resolutions implemented for the good of all affected.

However, 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 life, the 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? Or, 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 put our thinking together, discuss and sieve out the best practical strategic resolutions to counter – act terrorism and mass massacres in 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 make 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.

 

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