Society / Education
Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 14:30 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) will soon set up a campus in Kangundo Constituency. This comes after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Tuesday between the University's top management and the Kangundo community to set up a campus in Kangundo.
The university's Vice Chancellor Prof. Geoffrey Muluvi, Kangundo MP Kyengo Katatha Maweu and Africa Inland Church (AIC) representative Sammy Mulili signed the MoU at the Chancellor's office at the main campus in Kitui. The brief signing ceremony was also witnessed by Matungulu MP Stephen Mule who had accompanied the Kangundo team and the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Wachira among others.
According to Prof Muluvi, the University Council had approved the MoU where SEKU had received a proposal by the Kangundo Community. "The signing of this MoU is a great step towards SEKU's commitment to efficiency in quality training and research as well as its expansion strategy to cover the existing catchment area," said Prof Muluvi.
The campus is to be set up on a 10-acre piece of land out of the 26 acres within Kangundo High School sponsored by AIC church. Area MP Katatha Maweu asked his constituents to support this initiative terming it as one to promote the region's education standards. "The establishment of this campus will not just promote education but also economic status of both Kangundo and Matungulu," said the MP.
Mr Mule, on his part, lauded this initiative pledging his support saying it is a move to transform the larger Kangundo area. "The realisation if this dream will leave a legacy and become a reference point of the region's step towards modern development".
He also said they were going to closely engage a team of top academicians from Kangundo and Matungulu to provide technical advice towards establishment of the campus. "Top scholars from our region have volunteered to make this dream a reality and I'm confident these efforts will bear fruits," said Mule.
SEKU, which was formerly Ukamba Agricultural institute (UKAI), a middle level college set up in the 1970s, became a full-fledged university in 2013. The signing of the MoU comes at a time when the university has been on an rapid expansion program as Mwingi people have also given 15 acres of land where Mwingi Campus will be set up. Other campuses are in Machakos and Mtito-Andei.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.