There has been undoubted change in the national political field over the years. Some would say that politics has gone to the dogs while others would water down that claim saying that the political change is simply in line with the general societal evolution that can be witnessed in all spheres of life.
Whatever the case is, where does the giant students union SONU stand?
Though chiefly representing the students of the University of Nairobi, SONU has grown to assert its position as the mouthpiece of other student bodies attributed by the unrivalled democratic space it enjoys, the strategic location of its mother varsity, its fearless leaders and also the pivotal role it the existence of the umbrella students body KUSO that was a brainchild of its leaders.
It therefore follows that any change in the country’s political field would inevitably have its effect felt in the giant students union. Basing on this and with the change to the left in Kenya’s politics, a number would point out that SONU’s politics may have also been diluted with the shift from policies and ideologies to financial might and political goonship and student leadership is now a pale shadow of its former glorious self.
However, with the deepest of convictions, I disagree.
Whatever change being seen in the SONU political field is merely a step to avoid being left behind. If at all student politics aims to train future national politicians, then they should be equipped all round for the rough journey ahead because politics is not a bed of roses.
Though at times faced with wrangles and even external influence, SONU has managed to retain its lead position and setting the precedence for other student bodies in matters pertaining to fighting for the interests of its subscribers. Its members have always enjoyed the first priority in terms of proper service delivery within the university; disciplinary representation, accommodation and medical services and outside the university; HELB loans disbursement and fee increment issue. All these are enabled by the stronger bargaining power of its leaders. Maybe enhanced by the very competitive political environment they pass through.
The giant student union continues to cement its superior position and the wider democratic space it enjoys and has never let an opportunity pass to voice its stand whenever a matter of national importance is at stake.
It jealously continues its tradition of influencing the country’s corporate and political landscape by churning out sober but hardened leaders able to cope up with any competitive environment to reach their very best.
Whatever change presents itself either in the political or in the larger societal circle, SONU will swim in it to produce its best.
APIYO J F APIYO