Treasury secretary Henry Rotich has allowed Embu University College, South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) and Moi University to build hostels through the public private partnership.
“The procurement of the three hostel projects has begun in earnest… competent local and international bidders will be prequalified after the bid submission period which closes February 28,” read a statement by Rotich.
Via the agreement, Embu College will gain 4,000 beds, SEKU will gain 5,400 beds and Moi University will gain 14,000 beds.
These hostels are set to have furnished rooms, tuck shops, study areas and food supply facilities.
Other universities also seeking to increase their hostels’ capacities are JKUAT, Egerton, Maseno and Kenya School of Government.
“We have witnessed tremendous growth of public universities which has put a strain on the budgetary allocations,” Mr. Rotich said. “We are keen to partner with the private sector in meeting especially the accommodation needs, were demand outstrips supply.”