The Kenya Green University Network, with support from UN Environment and NEMA, is pleased to inform you that two scholarships are available for students from Kenya Green University Network member institutions to attend the World Environmental Education Congress taking place in September in Vancouver, Canada.
The Faculty of Law held a public lecture on Thursday 16th March, 2017 on the” New Bribery Law: The private sector, a victim or a culprit” facilitated by Mr. Mohammed Nyaoga, Chairman Central Bank of Kenya Board of Governors.
Quoting from the set law, he said that “the principal objective of the Bribery Act 2016 is to extend the fight against corruption to the private sector by equally criminalizing bribery in the sector”.
He said that,“EACC has got a role to play in promoting sanity on bribery. It can develop standards on integrity and code of ethics to promote the Act”.
The Act provides for penalties of up to Sh5 million for anyone found giving or receiving bribes or be jailed for ten years.
In addition, Courts will have leeway to decide whether to add more penalties if “quantifiable gain” to the suspect or “quantifiable loss” to the victim is proven.
They may include fines of up to five times the gain you received by taking part in corruption, your property being confiscated or you being blacklisted from serving in any office in Kenya.
“You can have the best laws in the constitution but enforcement implementation is the key”, he said.
The forum attracted students from other faculties attracting more questions in the cases of corruption in the country. However, Mr Nyaoga advised them to consider integrity as an individual.
Already, there are laws that forbid corruption such as the Public Officer Ethics Act of 2003, the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act of 2003 and the Leadership and Integrity Act 2012.
Mr Nyaoga is also a senior partner at Mohammed Muigai Advocates.
If you would like to learn more about why we have Brexit or such, please attend this talk by our Instiute for Regional Integration and Development (IRID). This will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the LRC Auditorium, 3.30 pm.
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The University is hosting the first East Africa Social Work students’ summit from March 14-15 2017.
The theme of the event is “The Role of Social Work students in promoting Sustainable Development goals in Africa and beyond”. It is taking place at the Jubilee auditorium.
The summit is aimed at training the students and tackling some emerging issues in slums and urban living areas and the transcending unfavorable social work climate in East Africa.
Amongst the topics for discussion include:Forced evictions as a human rights violations in Kenya, Sustainability of access and supply of commonly abused drugs among persons with disabilities, the impact of father absenteeism on social vulnerability among modern families in Urban Kenya and Social work students and practitioners as agents of ending poverty and forms in society.
The conference will also talk about the role of Social workers in addressing the challenges facing the youth in accessing Youth Enterprise Development Fund, the role of social work students on achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
Hygiene is one of the key topics that Social Workers train the society about.The summit has also planned to talk on the role of social work students in promoting menstrual hygiene management practices and psychosocial well-being of rural primary school girls.
The key speakers include renown learned individuals like Dr. Gidraph Wairire the President of Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASWA), Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Nairobi.
The public lecture organized by the Faculty of Law titled “Was the Law on Capping Bank Interest Rates Good or Bad” was facilitated by Kiambu MP Jude Njomo and Kenya Bankers Associated C.E.O Habil Olaka at CUEA’s Jubilee auditorium on Feb 21, 2017.
The debate between the benefit of the public from this law has brought about a lot of heat in the economy sector with some arguing that the banks are the greatest beneficiaries from this law, other than the common Mwananchi.
Hon. Njomo argued that most banks overcharge customers who are ignorant of their rights. The law is not static, therefore if the credit market changes then the law must change as well. He added that the charged interest rates are very high and this has played a role in high living standards in the country today.
However, Olaka said, the new law has stood between banks and credit flows to unsecured borrowers since lenders now see them as high risk customers. On the issue of high living standards, he denied the law playing part quoting that “the Law comes into question when the banks violate the set limit. But the banks are free to raise the interest as long as it is within the Law”.
This debate comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law a Bill capping bank interest rates at a maximum of 4% points above the Central Bank rate effective September 2016.