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Kenyan Legislators put Investigations over Illegal University Expansion in Rwanda and Tanzania

A Kenyan parliamentary committee has put forward some investigative reports to find out how the two of the country’s public universities were allowed to put millions of the country’s money in setting up universities in Rwanda and Tanzania.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Rwanda.

The Public Investment Committee (PIC) chaired by legislator Adan Keynan has asked vice-chancellors of Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology to explain their investments in the two respective countries.

This is after Commission of University Education (CUE) chief executive David Some said the regulator did not approve the setting up of the campuses outside Kenya.

Commission for University Education (CUE) secretary David Some during press conference.

The two universities have until tomorrow to provide the information to the House team.

“The committee resolves to write to you to request for information on the investment of establishing and operating of the university’s campuses in Rwanda and Tanzania,” states the letter dated March 24.

In the letter, the committee seeks to know the number and locations of the campuses in the said countries, rationale for establishing and opening the campuses outside Kenya, the total cost of the investments, consent from the Ministry of Education to invest and operate outside Kenya and whether the investment was in line with the statute establishing the two universities.

The universities are required to submit five copies of the requested information including supporting documents.

The PIC is tasked with examining and monitoring public investments and ensure that, they are managed in accordance with the sound financial or business principles and prudent commercial practices.

Last month, CUE put on notice to public universities setting up campuses outside the country saying that the institutions of higher learning would have to justify doing so because they do not admit government-sponsored students in those campuses, yet they are funded by the Exchequer.

Prof Some said the law does not give the commission a role in accrediting courses outside Kenya, but they would crack down on them.

“The commission does not recognize the campuses outside the country, which according to the regulator, have failed to meet the guidelines for the establishments of the units,” he said.

By Robert Muriisa.

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