EACC in Kenyatta, Jkuat probe over foreign campuses

Education secretary Fred Matiang’i. file photo | nmg
Education secretary Fred Matiang’i. file photo | nmg 

The Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have been called in to probe the management of two public universities over their decision to set up campuses outside the country.

Education secretary Fred Matiang’i said initial parliamentary investigations had revealed that Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat) and Kenyatta University set up campuses in Rwanda and Tanzania illegally.

“Everybody should carry their own cross and we will not spare them. If they are found culpable they will be charged in court,” said Dr Matiang’i during a meeting to review the growth of public universities at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi, on Wednesday.

Top officials of public universities attended the meeting. Dr Matiang’i said the universities had closed the campuses.

Some students will be admitted at the Jkuat’s Juja campus. Prof Paul Kanyari, the chairman of the Inter-Public Universities Council Consultative Forum, said others will be distributed to universities in affected countries while those who wish to pursue studies online will be allowed to do so.

Kenyatta University used Sh370 million to set up the Rwanda campus but did not admit students, while Jkuat spend Sh53 million on the Arusha and Kigali branches.

KU is now shopping for a buyer of the Rwanda buildings.

Last week Rwanda’s Higher Education Council director Emmanuel Muvunyi held a meeting with stakeholders to agree on the exit strategy.
Dr Matiang’i had directed the two universities to close the campuses in July this year.

The Tanzanian government blocked the universities from admitting students in September citing wanting standards.