UNSA Constitution 2017
Date and time: 
Wed, 2017-12-06 16:07
ALIGINING UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI STUDENTS GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE TO
THE UNIVERSITIES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2016
STUDENTS  AND STAFF BRIEFING NOTE
In line with the Kenya Constitution and the Universities (Amendment) Act,
2016 and the University Senate meeting of 21st November, 2017, the
University of Nairobi (UON) resolved to adapt a new Constitution for
Student Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) thereafter referred to
as the `University of Nairobi Students Association (UNSA)’. This change of
name is informed by Section 41 of the Universities (Amendment) Act, 2016.
The UNSA Constitution which was developed by a representative committee
composed of students and staff of UON, embeds the supreme authority of the
University Council, and Senate; the Universities Act No. 42 of 2012 (as
amended in 2016), Laws of Kenya, the University of Nairobi Charter, 2013,
University of Nairobi Statutes, and Regulations Governing the Conduct and
Discipline of Students. Embracing change requires knowledge and
understanding which informs this briefing note. The Briefing Note is one
of the instruments the UON Senate is using to create awareness among
students and staff regarding UNSA Constitution, related provisions and
implementation of the Constitution.
The UNSA Constitution has 27 articles and related schedules which
comprehensively provide for effective governance of UNSA operations. Of
particular mention are the Campus/College Student Associations (CSA) which
provide each and every student of the UON opportunity to engage in UON
activities aimed at achieving our mission of ` World-Class University
committed to Scholarly Excellence’ and related mission of `providing
quality university education and training and to embody the aspirations of
the Kenyan people and global community through creation, preservation,
integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge’.
The UNSA Constitution provides for five key governance organs, namely: (1)
Students Council, (2) Congress, (3) The Electoral Colleges, (4) Members in
General Meetings, and (5) Special General Meetings. Campus Students
Associations (CSAs) form twelve (12) electoral colleges with each
providing three representatives (electors) to congregate into an electoral
college to elect Student Council. The three representatives thereafter
revert back to their Campus Students Associations, and are not entitled to
contest for Student Council.
The UON management urges both students and staff to keenly read the UNSA
Constitution (click this link to access the constitution
http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/downloads and familiarize with the key provisions.
To complement the reading, the UON Senate in collaboration with students
and staff will conduct civic education on UNSA Constitution in all
campuses of the UON. All students and staff are requested to effectively
participate in this exercise for ownership and effective implementation of
UNSA Constitution.
ISAAC M. MBECHE
DEPUTY VICE CHANCELLOR
STUDENT AFFAIRS
AND
PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE
Expiry Date: 
Sun, 2017-12-31 16:07