By Farah Adan:
The Education sector in North Eastern got a big boost yesterday after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that he will soon hand-deliver Garissa University College’s Charter effectively elevating it to the first fully fledged University in the region.
Uhuru made the announcement after he awarded charters to eight new universities at State House, Nairobi.
Garissa University College would have been the ninth recipient as it was initially planned to be among the institutions getting their charter, but Uhuru said he would personally travel to the Northe Eastern County to deliver the certification.
Uhuru said his decision to travel to Garissa to personally award the charter to the institution was meant to send a loud message that Kenya will never be cowed by terrorism.
The Institution suffered a deadly terror attack in 2015 in which 148 people most of them students died.
During the function, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a freeze on establishing new universities in a move aimed at allowing for strengthening of existing ones as well as providing more technical and vocational training.
“Our focus now must be strengthening the institutions that we have; building their resilience and ensuring sustained quality,” Uhuru said.
In yet another first for the region, Wajir born Prof. Mohamed Yussuf Elmi was named by Uhuru as the Chancellor of Rongo University in Migori County.
The other chancellors and the Universities they will head are Fred Ojiambo (Kirinyaga University), James Mworia (Machakos University), Joseph Nyaga (Cooperative University), Prof Musili Wambua (Embu University), Rev Dr Peter Njiiri (KAG East University), Dr Philista Onyango and Dr Sally Kosgei (Taita Taveta University).
Prof. Elmi is a renown academician from the region and served as the head of Mount Kenya University’s Hargeisa Campus.
He previously served the same institution as the Director of its Garissa Campus.
Elmi also served in the Military rising to the rank of colonel before joining UN agencies and later taking up academics.