End Tribalism in Varsities, Says Bishop

Eldoret Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir has urged political leaders to stop “interfering” with the Moi and Eldoret universities.

Tribalism and nepotism will ruin the universities unless the leaders stop dividing the students and staff, he told the Star in Eldoret town yesterday.

“What is happening is primitive. That’s not how we resolve the issues we have at the universities. It’s a pity that our leaders are being involved,” Korir said.

The University of Eldoret was shut down two weeks ago following riots by students and management problems.

There have been demands for Vice Chancellor Professor Teresia Akenga to be replaced by a member of the Kalenjin community.

Similar ethnic and political differences among students at the Moi University led to closure of the institution after the students differed on who should be elected to lead their union.

“We don’t even have to blame our youth the way they are behaving because they copy what our leaders are doing and saying,” Korir said.

He said it is wrong to involve the youth in petty ethnic fights, as they are the future of the country.