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University to be established in Vihiga County

28 August 2013, 12:49 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The Commission for University Education has recommended the establishment of Kaimosi Friends University College in Vihiga County to the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi for approval.

The commission arrived at the recommendation after a thorough technical inspection of the Kaimosi Teachers College which is to be taken over by the new university.

“What we only need now is the documentation evidence for the transfer of property from the teachers’ college to the university. Otherwise we have nothing to hold us back from giving Vihiga County this institution to offer higher learning,” said Prof David Some, the commission secretary who led the team of thirteen others.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology will in turn mentor the college in academic matters only, as it will be solely independent.

“The University College will have its governing council and thus it will need adequate planning that needs to be put in place. The county government and the Friends Church will help in working on the modalities,” said Prof Some.

Prof Some said that the fact that Vihiga County has no university, and bearing in mind the rules of the devolved system of governance that requires each county to have a university, they had no option but to recommend it.

“As the representatives from the Commission, we don’t see anything that holds us back in giving the institution the mandate to offer higher education,” he said.    

Friends Church Presiding Clerk in Kenya Zablon Malenge said that the church had agreed to offer the teachers’ college and an additional 100 acres of land for the establishment of the university.

“We as the church and sponsors of the institution have made the decision that the teachers’ college be made into a university. We are putting on the table the 80 acres of the college plus an additional 100 acres of free land for the university,” he said.

Hamisi MP Charles Gimose and representatives from the office of the governor, Gaylord Avedi (Chief of Staff), Aggrey Musiega (Legal Advisor) and Fridah Chahale (Political Advisor) who were in attendance said that the county government will facilitate the transition.

“The governor, Moses Akaranga, is very ready to facilitate the transition and he has promised to chip in even financial assistance to oversee a smooth transition and accessibility of education to the people,” said Avedi.

The visit to the place and the technical inspection was the third with the initial two having taken place in 2008 and 2010.


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