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MP pushes for college renaming in Parliament

30 October 2014, 14:04 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly is debating a motion that seeks the renaming of Kitale Technical Training Institute (KTTI) in Trans-Nzoia County to Wamalwa Kijana University of Science and Technology.

The Kiminini MP, Chris Wamalwa who is the sponsor of the motion said the renaming of KTTI in honor of the late Vice President, Wamalwa Kijana, is meant to recognise him as among celebrated heroes who contributed greatly to the attained democracy of the country.

The Senate had recently passed a motion proposing that every County has a public university and Wamalwa, in moving the motion, suggested that those institutions of higher leaning should be renamed after the region’s celebrated heroes to promote the existing national tradition of their recognition.

“In cognizance of the role played by H.E. the late Hon. Michael Wamalwa Kijana who hailed from Kitale in Trans-Nzoia County, this House resolves that the Government rename and upgrade Kitale Technical Training Institute to Wamalwa Kijana University of Science and Technology,” said Wamalwa while moving the motion.

He said the renaming and upgrading of KTTI to attain the university status will be a one-stop-institution for students to pursue courses of their choice in an effort to promote literacy in Trans-Nzoia and other neighboring counties.

“Wamalwa Kijana was very generous and an advocate of national unity and democracy who was liked in every region of this country that he could have massively been elected as the President. Trans-Nzoia County has no single university and Kitale Technical Institute should be upgraded and renamed in recognition of this great hero,” said Wamalwa.

Molo MP, Jacob Macharia, who seconded the motion lauded the late Wamalwa’s contribution to national development and challenged the Government to not only recognise the nation’s distinguished heroes and heroines when are dead but also when they are alive.

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“The late Wamalwa is a celebrated hero in this country who contributed to the fall of the KANU regime through the formation of the NARC coalition that was supported by majority of tribes. He was a strong leader who bridged tribal gaps that no one will ever beat his record,” said Macharia.

“He deserves the heroic recognition as proposed by Hon. Wamalwa through the renaming of the Kitale Institute and the same
honor should be extended to other counties in remembrance of the country’s heroes and heroines,” he added.

The Ford Kenya nominated MP, Patrick Wangamati, who is also the Luhya community chairman said the proposal to rename KTTI and other public institutions after the country’s heroes and heroines serves to nurture the nation’s history.

Kibwezi East MP, Jessica Mbalu said there naming of children after the community’s heroes should not be enough in celebrating their outstanding contribution to the national development, urging the government to take the initiative of renaming learning institutions and major highways after them.

“Education is the only current vehicle to take our children to a better future. When schools are renamed after our heroes and heroines, their memories live forever. The late Wamalwa Kijana has to be recognised for the great contribution he made to this country,” said Mbalu.

Starehe MP, Maina Kamanda supported the motion and proposed that the late Defense Minister and former Vice President, George Saitoti, who died as a result of an aeroplane crash, should also be recognised for his great contribution to the nation.  

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