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What daring Moi University students' leader told UASU secretary general in a private meeting

Brian Sikulu.
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MUSO secretary general Moses Tisa having a chat with UASU secretary general Constantine Wesonga. [Photo/]

He traveled from Moi University in Eldoret town to Nairobi in a desperate need to meet the University Academic Staff Union UASU secretary General Constantine Wesonga.

The meeting was to express his heartfelt disappointment over the lecturers' strike that had paralyzed learning across a majority of the public universities. 

However, he did not know how or where he will get in contact with the man who had vowed that learning will not under any circumstance take place in public universities unless the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was settled of which the government appeared to be reluctant to do so. 

His name is Moses Tisa, the Secretary General of Moi University Students Organisation (MUSO).

On reaching Nairobi, he went to meet his home Senator hoping he will connect him with Wesonga but he did not find the Senator.

He then called Jack-Willis Abok, the Secretary-General of UASU Moi university chapter who directed him to Meridian hotel where UASU was scheduled to have its last meeting. 

On reaching the hotel, the first thing he saw was the UASU van. He asked around and he was shown the room where the meeting was taking place.

When he got to the meeting, the UASU officials present recognized him instantly and begun calling him "Opugnancy". Apparently, they were pleased with his efforts of trying to end the strike to the extent of giving him a chance to not only be part of the meeting but also address it.

When UASU Secretary General Constantine Wesonga arrived, Moses Tisa was given the podium to address the meeting on behalf of all the university students affected in the country. 

"A good fighter knows when to quit. The way things stand the government is not ready to listen to you. In fact, most of the universities including Kenyatta University and others have gone back to school. If all other universities decide to go back to school then the lecturers' strike will be irrelevant. So to remain on the relevant side, call off the strike," Tisa told the meeting to the shock of many.

"We understand that the striking lecturers are our mothers and fathers, we feel for them. But remember that you also have children in school. Kindly feel for them. And let us be realistic, the strike method has failed. Why don't we go back to work and the look for another method which may be effective," he added.

After his long emotional speech which touched most of the members, Wesonga stood up and supported him.

"You have spoken well. And I also feel pain because I am also a student at Parklands, and my son is also a university student. Which means I am affected, my son is affected and every other stakeholder in university is also affected. I appreciate your words, and in fact, we will invite you to our next meeting to hear more from you," Wesonga said.

The following day he had a private meeting with UASU Secretary-General to discuss the well being of students.

Well, it is evident that he has a passion for leadership. He is definitely a true leader.

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