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Kiambu County TNA Coordinator Madam Gladys Chania has promised the students of Mount Kenya University main campus in Thika that she would lobby on their behalf to ensure that their institution gets an Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission (IEBC) polling station come 2017. This was after the student body lodged the request to acquire the same, after experiencing quite a handful of challenges in the last General Elections.

The institution had over 7,000 registered voters in the 2013 polls with the number expected to rise to about 15,000 in the next General Elections due to the rise in student population which is currently above 20,000 students.

The vibrant Kiambu politician who is also a youth mentor was speaking at the campus's Indoor Arena on Saturday where she was a guest at the Disability Awareness Forum. She challenged MKUSA leadership to fight for the empowerment of People living With Disabilities (PWDs) especially by ensuring that those amongst them were accorded a disability friendly environment so as to facilitate their learning and living conditions at the institution. She also appealed to the PWDs to stand up and be counted, adding that disability was never inability. 

"Disability can't stop you from achieving your goals. Betty (MKUSA Vice President who is a PWD) and Mheshimiwa here (Hon. Isaac Mwaura, Nominated MP) are perfect examples that anyone's got the potential to hit the skies if they wanted,"she the audience at the Indoor Arena.

She lamented that university student leadership in Kenya had lost the political and social influence of yesteryears where student leaders would influence the destiny of the country through mass advocacy for positive change. She challenged MKUSA leaders to mobilise the students to transform their institution, Thika Town, Kiambu County and the country in general. She urged them to enhance unity among all students regardless of their ethnic backgrounds saying that   such unity was vital in preparing them to take over Kenya's leadership mantle from the current politicians. 

"It pains me to see students fail to take their rightful position to influence positive change in the country and in the society they live in. Where did the firebrand scholars of the likes of Kabando Wa Kabando and James Orengo go? These students used their power to influence positive change in the country. Leadership needs people with the zeal and passion to fight for the rights of others. Leaders are aware of their immediate environment and can influence legislation of proper laws that will benefit their people. Leaders creat leadership from every point in life. You got to grab this opportunity and make your presence felt in all circles," Madam Chania challenged the institution's  newly elected MKUSA leadership.

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