By Dan Muchai

In an end-of-semester email message to the university community, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza announced that the University will remain closed for the first week of the summer break. This will allow members of the university who are Kenyan citizens, to exercise their democratic right to participate in the General Elections scheduled for Tuesday, August 8 2017.

From Monday, August 7 to Saturday, August 12, all university offices will remain closed with the exception of the Health Center, which will be partially open on Monday August 7, Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11 between 8am and 4pm. However, a clinician will remain on call from August 8-9 to deal with any emergencies.

While noting the heightened political atmosphere currently engulfing Kenya, Prof. Zeleza requested all those taking part in the election exercise, to be responsible with their speech, and instead “promote a culture of tolerance” with their fellow citizens.

Noting the celebrated diversity enjoyed within the USIU-Africa community, he pointed out that differences do not have to lead to divisions, but can become an avenue for unity.

In a security advisory issued on Friday, August 4, the security department has also requested all members of the university to undertake extra security measures to ensure their personal safety, before and during Election Day.