One of the most amazing authors that I would highly recommend his reads is Jeffery Archer. ‘Sons of Fortune’ is the best book of his I have ever read. Archer develops healthy political competition as one of the major themes in this epic novel and contrasts it with very sick competition at the same time showing the consequences of the latter. It seems Wycliffe Ochieng’ (the CAE caretaker at that time) had read the classic as he organized the first ever CAE debate in a move to bring political sanity in our campus politics
The hot race was being contested by three teams headed by Bill Wafula Maina Ochieng, Ertiman Oile and Samuel Ochieng. They all got the chance to elaborate on their manifestos and the audience (of engineering and school of built environment students) got the chance to know them deeper and put a face to manifestos. The aspirants put reasons behind their manifesto ideas. This ensured that students would not only be voting for leaders because of spirited chants and rants but because they actually believe in the vision and goals of the leader they would vote for. The biggest stakeholders of the elections were present and were given the chance to ask the aspirants questions.
Questions were also asked by the two moderators and then the aspirants asked each other questions. This marks the single step of a journey of moving towards sanity in campus politics. By doing more debates like these we would ensure peace during campaign period thus not disrupting studies. Ensuring students get to know the reasons behind the aspirants vying for the posts would ensure elections where winners are declared losers while losers are declared winners ideologically are averted.
Even though this was a great fete, we still do have a long to go to attain professional debates without personal attacks, unnecessary crowd interventions, tardiness, ambiguous statements and rowdy audience. Big ups to Wycliffe for taking CAE to the next level.