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MMUST Hosts Inter-religious Council of Kenya-Kakamega Chapter to Discuss Possible Areas of Collaboration

MMUST team together with the delegation from the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK)-Kakamega Chapter during the visit.


The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK)-Kakamega Chapter on Tuesday, 22nd November 2022, visited MMUST to discuss possible areas of collaboration. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Solomon Shibairo and DVC (Planning, Research and Innovation), Prof. Charles Mutai received the team, which was led by the Inter Faith Chairman of IRCK-Kakamega County, Bishop Olumasai Nicholas. The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) is a coalition of all major faith communities in Kenya that works together to deepen inter-faith dialogue and collaboration among members, for a common endeavour to mobilise the unique moral and social resources of religious people and address shared concerns.

Speaking during the meeting, Prof.  Shibairo took the team through the nitty-gritty of the University as he officially welcomed it to MMUST. He commended the IRCK’s efforts towards the cause, assuring it of the University’s willingness to work together.

Prof. Stephen Odebero, who is the Director, Directorate of Post Graduate Studies and a Professor of Education Planning, in the Department of Educational Planning and Management, noted that IRCK is indeed a rich group. “IRCK is a very rich institution and I am happy to have interacted with it. There is a lot that we can do together in collaboration for it is a key stakeholder to this institution,” he said.

The Inter Faith Chairman, Bishop Olumasai Nicholas, pointed out that the IRCK-Kakamega chapter has been in existence for years now and has been looking forward to collaborating with institutions including MMUST. He assured the Vice Chancellor of IRCK’s commitment towards collaborating and working closely with the University.

“MMUST is one of the biggest strategic industries in Kakamega County and the region, which contributes to the economy of Kakamega town since inception. We believe that this county can go far in terms of industrialization if there is a good linkage and cooperation between the University and the community. As an institution, we are proud of this great University and we will stand with you to see you attain your goals,” said Bishop Olumasai.

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The Inter Faith Chairman, Bishop Olumasai Nicholas making a point during the meeting.


Notably, the team proposed to work closely with the University’s chaplaincy in organizing and conducting prayers periodically in the University. They also expressed interest in working hand-in-hand with the University’s counsellors by engaging them in capacity building programmes as well as stakeholder meetings. Upon signing a memorandum of understanding later on, MMUST students in the humanities and social sciences faculties will get internship opportunities at IRCK and in other works that they do.

Commenting on Public-Private Partnerships, Dr. Namusasi Chinungo from Capacity and Training Institute (CTI) gave his opinion on how the University can utilize the available resources of IRCK, such as human resources and facilities. “The faith community has a lot of infrastructure, which institutions such as MMUST can use for purposes of training, research, innovation and incubation. This synergy will create an ecosystem within the County that will favour the vision and objectives of the University,” he stated.

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Dr. Namusasi Chinungo explaining a point during the meeting.


As a team of scholars, the team committed to engage further in matters of training, research, innovation and incubation, to strengthen MMUST’s impact in the community. 

MMUST team present during the discussions included the DVC (Planning, Research and Innovation), Prof. Charles Mutai and Dr. Consolata Lusweti, who is a lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Management, under the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Sciences.

Other notable personalities from IRCK included the Secretary, Ms. Asha Juma, representing the Treasurer, Rev. Livingstone Atsianga, Highpriest John Akhura of National Council Churches of Kenya (NCCK), Rev. Faustus Mpapale of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK), Rev. Evalyn Amuga of the National Congress of Pentecostal Churches and the women of Faith, Bishop William Owiya, who is the Secretary in the County Government Budget Committee, Highpriest Abbas Abdulaziz of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM); all representing various Sub-Counties of Kakamega County. 

By Caren Nekesa

Photos by Wilberforce Shiundu