A section of lobby groups and education stakeholders are now demanding that Boma International Hospitality College to immediately ensure that one student, Jolly Gatwiri Mugendi, has graduated.
This is after it emerged that she had been denied her rights to graduate despite the fact that she had completed her studies.
The lobby groups under the umbrella body dubbed ‘Concerned Citizens Kenya’ argue that Ms Mugendi is being denied her rights to graduate because she refused sexual harassment advances by the manager of Estate Sonsira where she was undergoing her industrial attachment leading to a delay in releasing her attachment documents hence the delay to submit them to the College for graduation.
It is believed that after Estate Sonsira realized their mistake, they quickly released her documents but despite that, Boma International Hopsitality College still refused to have her name among those expected to graduate this year.
‘This is against the vision, mission and core values of Boma International Hospitality College, and also contrary to the Sexual Offences Act, a behavior that is unwelcome and offensive to the recipient. Denying Jolly Gatwiri Mugendi her right to graduate after completing her studies has created conditions that are intimidating and humiliating to her,’ says the lobby groups.
They further say that all the actions and atrocities by Boma International Hospitality College and the management of Estate Sonsira has made her suffer physical, psychological, spiritual and economical damage, shame, humiliations, fear and isolation’s trauma which includes numbness and headaches, depression, fear of authority, flash backs and intrusive thoughts, decreased self-esteem, introversion and lethargy.
‘We wish to state that all certificate, diplomas and degrees offered at Boma International Hospitality College are sexually transmitted. Students cannot get certificates, diplomas and degrees at the College unless a student parts with sex and that all the stated violations and abuses are happening with the full knowledge of Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Dr Asha Mohammed who is also the Director of the College, and Gina Din-Kariuki the Chair of the board of the College, Mr Samuel Irungu the Director Academic Affairs at the College and George Adala the Director of internship,’ they say.
The lobbies now demand that the College offers Ms Mugendi her Diploma and participate in the graduation ceremony that will be held this Friday failure to which they shall hold a protest march over sexual harassment at the College.