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The long-awaited Standard Chartered Bank Virtual Marathon took place on 29th October, 2021, at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). The race, themed ‘Run for Healthy Living,’ was officially flagged off by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Solomon Shibairo, who was also part of about four hundred (400) participants.IMG 0444

The VC shared his vision of making MMUST a healthy environment while urging the University fraternity to observe both physical and mental health in order to avoid lifestyle illnesses.

The Marathon marked the beginning of a greater partnership between MMUST and StanChart Bank. The two (2) institutions will collaborate in the areas of green energy, paramedical and sports sciences, optometry, offering internships to our students among others.

“MMUST believes in environmental conservation. Therefore, we ask you to partner with us so that we can keep Kenya green. By doing so, we will be able to tackle issues of hunger, environmental degradation and deforestation. Let’s keep our country fertile for agriculture and for all humanity and living things. It is our wish that this remains for future generations to facilitate their involvement in agricultural activities,” stressed the Vice Chancellor.

MMUST being the only higher institution offering programmes in Optometry and Vision Sciences, and as stated by the Vice Chancellor, the University envisions upgrading the Optometry and Vision Sciences Department so it can go beyond just providing eye glasses to its clients to offering services such as surgeries. “Today, we will be offering a free eyesight examination. If we run and develop ways that will improve eyesight, then, we will improve how Kenyans do things and have a healthy life,” he said, adding that MMUST needs partners like Standard Chartered Bank to improve its programmes.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Planning Research and Innovation), Prof. Charles Mutai, participated in the 5km run. He acknowledged the efforts of the organizers in planning the marathon. “I hope that the University will adopt this initiative and engage staff in annual internal competitions. Sports is key in terms of a strong workforce. If we have a healthy staff, we cut down on medical expenses and avoid lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure,” said Prof. Mutai.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students Affairs), Prof. Hussein Golicha, echoed the idea of the University pulling together its stakeholders and adopting the marathon strategy. He further thanked students and professors who took part in the Marathon.

Representing the Standard Chartered Bank, the Country Head, Client Relationship Retail Banking Manager, Ms. Joan Okello, appreciated MMUST for making the first StanChart Virtual Marathon a success. 

“We are overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm we have seen today. We are keen on building a strong running community across the country. Let it not be the end but the beginning of many more events,” she said.

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Ms. Okello applauded the participants saying that in running, they support the Future Makers Program which is an initiative aimed at supporting the youth and women participating in economic activities.

She urged the MMUST community to keep up the good spirit and be ambassadors of virtual running.

The Director, Research and Postgraduate Support, Prof. Peter Bukhala, who was among the key organizers of the event, thanked the University Management for supporting and participating in the run. He exuded confidence that with this type of events, Standard Chartered Bank will be able to positively touch the lives of many people. He further urged the Management of the Standard Chartered Group to consider bringing the next run back to western Kenya.

The MMUST’s assistant game tutor and assistant Rugby coach, Mr. John Asila commended the University for taking part in the StanChart virtual marathon that has opened the opportunity for staff to exercise.

Other key personalities who participated in the run include, the Dean, School of Education Prof. Moses Poipoi, Director, Postgraduate Studies Prof. Stephen Odebero, Dean, School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedical Sciences (SONMAPS) Mr. John Arudo, Director, Quality Assurance Prof. Maurice Omolo and Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Rose Auma.

The University Union was represented by the Vice Chairperson Dr. Consolata Lusweti (UASU) and Mr. Ronald Wamalwa (KUSU). Other Union members were Dr. Joyce Kasilly and Dr. Sabella Kiprono both from UASU.

The top three participants in the ten (10km) race men and women were; Festus Ruto, Eliab Kiplagat, Rotich Ghacary, Dr. Sabela Kiprono, Yvonne Batasi and Sylvia Nyamwata respectively.

The top three participants in the five (5km) race men and women were; Pius Otuke, Yego Titus, Douglas Mwachi, Beryl Asinwa, Cynthia Muthoni and Roba Lubembe respectively.

The office of the Dean of students is delighted to inform you that preparations for the upcoming MMUST Tamasha festival are ongoing. Today, 8th July, 2021, auditions for Mr. and Miss MMUST, Miss Jumbo and Mr. Flex were conducted at the Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) where contestants showcased their modeling prowess.

The 3rd Joint inspection of Medical and Dental Schools and Teaching Hospitals in the Republic of Kenya has ranked MMUST’s School of Medicine among the compliant medics’ trainer institutions. The inspection was carried out by a joint team of technical health experts from the East African Community (EAC) Partner States National Medical and Dental Practitioners Regulatory Councils from 2nd to 6th March, 2020. This was in line with a directive of the 19th Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health held in Nairobi from 28th October to 1st November, 2019 under decision No EAC/SCHealth/19/Decision/004.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) has been identified by the United States Embassy for a mentorship program that will involve the department of Journalism and Mass Communication. Courtesy of International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Kenyan Chapter, the embassy has funded ten female students from Journalism and Mass Communication department who have been enrolled into a mentorship programme for one year.

The BBC Swahili team is impressed with the journalistic skills, eloquence, and professionalism of the MMUST journalism and mass communication students. The BBC team spent a better part of last week, starting from Wednesday 29th Friday 31st May 2019, going around Kakamega and its environs accompanied by MMUST communication students. The team was led by Wanyama wa Chebusiri, the senior Swahili broadcast journalist, Anne Ngugi, broadcast journalist and Idris Situma, the Swahili online editor at BBC Swahili.

MMUST held the MMUSO elections on Friday 10th and 13th May 2019 Respectively. According to observers, this was the most contested student elections since the promulgation of the parliamentary system of voting in MMUST in 2016. Students made Coalitions which were used as vehicles of campaign as they sell their manifestos. One Coalition was All Inclusive Movement (AIM) whose Presidential candidate and deputy were Simiyu Vincent Lumala and Caroline N. Wachira, while the other coalition was Mwangaza, with Charles Owino Nyakumbo and Redempter Chepwogen as their presidential candidate and deputy respectively. Parliamentary elections were held on Friday 10th while the Student Executive Council (SEC) elections were held on Monday 13th May 2019. Mr. Simiyu Vincent Lumala of AIM coalition carried the day with 20 votes while his closest contender, Mr. Nyakumbo, garnered 18 votes. The other contender in the presidential seat was Wandera Ouma Samuel, who did not gather any vote. The new Student Executive Council (SEC) comprises of the MMUSO President Mr. Simiyu Vincent Lumala, Vice President Miss Caroline N. Washira, the Secretary General Mr. Gerald Maina, Gender and Special interest Miss. Nyabuto Lucia Kemunto, Treasurer Mr. Amon Kiptarus, Sports and Entertainment Mr. John Mwanza Mutuku and Academic Secretary, Mr. Adson Michael Were.

MMUST Student leaders and the University Security Officer, Mr. Julius Mabia, had a meeting with Kakamega Officer Commanding Police Station (OCS) Mr. Mohammed Godana and K9 Deputy In charge, Mr. Evans Kipsang, on Tuesday, 5th March 2019 at the University’s Security Office. This meeting was organized following recent incidences of non- residence students being attacked and robbed, while some killed. The student leaders, together with few other students, presented some of the security concerns faced by the students and possible measures to curb them.

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