Why ‘No’? Chris Xander’s Referendum Stance

By Janet Wambua


Chris Xander Jackton Odhiambo, currently serving as a congressman in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, is a third-year student majoring in Education, English, and Literature. In a recent interview, he shared his primary reasons for advocating a “No” vote in the referendum, highlighting the disconnect between proposed changes and student interests.

“I wanted people to vote No because the proposals in that constitution do not represent their interests. Many were not aware of the public participation or the association enlightenment that occurred,” he explained. Odhiambo emphasized the importance of addressing issues before they become irreversible.


The referendum, a contentious issue, saw proposals that he believed did not align with student needs. “Raising the GPA for student leaders and moving the election to September were not priorities. Students face larger issues like medical cover, poor dining hall services, and the plight of needy students,” he noted.


Reflecting on his suspension from the house due to his opposition to certain proposals, Odhiambo expressed determination to prevent their passage. “We’re watching and sending a warning to the sponsors of those proposals. We need to curb self-interest and prevent the danger they pose to the institution,” he warned.

“My interests are in leadership. I love leadership. I think my entire service as a congressman, I have gathered much, learned, and been criticized as well, and I wouldn’t think of any better job or role in this institution but the position that I’m serving even up to now,” he emphasized.

His political journey at Daystar University stems from a desire to help people and use his influence for their betterment. “I love people and I’ve always wanted to use my influence to better the lives of people. I realized the only platform that can provide me with that opportunity is through politics and the realm of leadership,” he said.

He acknowledged the challenges he faced, including backlash from colleagues and high expectations from constituents. “My political life has always been one of sacrifice, and I’m very grateful and do not regret any step of the way,” he reflected.

Odhiambo’s journey is not only defined by challenges but also by moments of gratitude and camaraderie. The monthly allowances he receives from the school provide him with financial stability, offering reassurance even amidst delays in remittance from his parents.

Equally cherished is the retreat in Mombasa, where he enjoyed leisure time with colleagues and had the privilege of interacting with his mentor, the Vice Chancellor, for three days. Being addressed with titles like “Mheshimiwa” and “Mr. President” reflects a shift in perception, both at the university and back home, underscoring the recognition of his potential and leadership qualities. These experiences serve as pillars of motivation, reinforcing his dedication to effecting positive change and leadership in his community.

Challenges abound for student leaders, including financial expectations and criticism. Despite this, Odhiambo remains dedicated to his political journey, viewing it as a sacrifice for the greater good.

Questioned about the current administration, Odhiambo expressed disappointment with its handling of student affairs. “This regime has been incompetent, focusing on controversies rather than fulfilling promises,” he asserted.

Odhiambo acknowledged the complexities of his role as a legislature within this regime. He lamented being hindered from fulfilling his duties due to constraints imposed by the house leadership.  He emphasized the need for accountability and transparency, urging for a fresh start to address the shortcomings and usher in a new era of leadership characterized by integrity and commitment to the student community.

“If anything there are many holes that have been poked and it is this holes that have been poked that are supposed to be sealed so that new Sherrifs are brought in town, new brooms are brought in town to sweep clean,” he said.

Looking ahead, Odhiambo is focused on ensuring the failure of the constitution and pursuing meaningful reforms. “I have a blueprint for the association, and I have ambitions. God will see me through,” he affirmed.

The official voting for the referendum was scheduled for January 23, 2024. Voting links were provided, allowing participants to employ the designated secure link and access the Microsoft Outlook forms for voting. The result showed that the “No” votes had prevailed.

3 thoughts on “Why ‘No’? Chris Xander’s Referendum Stance”

  1. Their should be transparency,the constitution was not made to satisfy the leaders stomach.Besides it should meet the needs of the comrades. I did vote a No

  2. As it is said,”A good dancer knows when to leave the stage”by the current regime wanting to extend their term up to September, they showed us their incompetence as leaders and also showed greed for power which is not aligning with the Daystar university charter.I also want to mention that even if I put on glasses,I still can’t see any development done by the current regime as far as student affairs are concerned.They prioritized proposing obnoxious proposals that are not in connect with student’s interests that is why we voted NO.

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