His Excellency the President of Kenya Hon Dr. Uhuru Kenyatta reaffirmed commitment to assisting Moi university build a 15,000 capacity halls of residence within main campus. This he said during a visit by Moi University students’ council, SGC at the state house Nairobi on 20th October, 2013.
He double intake program by the government has seen to the escalation of numbers in the Kenyan public universities. The program has led to congestion in ampus hostels forcing many both: PSSP and GSSP to making private accommodation arrangements especially within main campuses where this has never been the norm.
Moi University has since been a major victim each time taking in huge numbers with the largest intake set to join tomorrow, the 28th October, 2013. It is said that over 5,000 fresh students will be joining Moi University, a number slightly higher than that of Nairobi University which often takes in majority GSSP students.
The University has since then tried several means to create more space and convenience of students’ access to the university accommodation including the recently unveiled online booking system and full payment of both school and accommodation fees. The university has also often used forceful clearance from university hostels. The latter however met sharp criticism and reaction by the current fourth years and the incoming second years respectively. The fourth years have yet sworn not to clear form their rooms until their academic year is over. The incoming second years on the other hand put to task the dean’s office on date 16th October, 2013 when they sought clarification on their fate as far as their accommodation is concerned.
The menace can be said to have attracted the government’s attention especially the President’s who revealed to have secured 1.8 billion shillings from foreign governments to fund various education projects part of which would fund most of the University projects including the 15,000 capacity students halls of residence. This he said on 19th September, 2013 during the 29th congregation for the conferment of degrees and award of diplomas where the President was also awarded a doctorate degree of letters, (Honoris Causa).
The university student and administration can now breathe a sigh of relief as the President reaffirms his commitment towards the same.
Mitiro Domnick O.