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KMTC ignores law to open 14 unbudgeted colleges

Kenya Medical Training College
Kenya Medical Training College- Nakuru Campus students inspect modern medical equipment. FILE PHOTO | NMG   

The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) management is on the spot for opening 14 constituent colleges worth Sh76 million without budgeting for the same.

Auditor-General Edward Ouko says failed to comply with its expansion policy and breached the State Corporations Act, Cap 446.

KMTC opened Kuria, Lake Victoria, Chuka, Gatundu, Iten, Kaptumo, Makindu, Molo, Mosoriot, Mwingi, Nyahururu, Rachuonyo, Rera and Othaya colleges.

“These constituent colleges were not budgeted for during the financial year and were not included in the annual estimates for 2016/17 contrary to section 12 of the State Corporations Act.

Section 12 of the law stipulates that no corporation shall without the prior approval in writing of the minister and the Treasury incur any expenditure for which provision has not been made in annual estimates.

“Consequently, the management is in breach of the law and the propriety of Sh76,127,341 utilised in opening of new constituent colleges for the year ended June 30, 2017 could not be ascertained,” Mr Ouko says in a report tabled in Parliament by Leader of Majority Aden Duale.

This is not the first time Mr Ouko has cited KMTC for overlooking the law. During the years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 it opened eight centres.

management for repeating a mistake he pointed out in his previous audit report.

He said the KMTC opened eight new constituent colleges during the years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 contrary to Part 4.0 of the Expansion Policy Guidelines section 1 and 3 which states that infrastructure should only be developed after concept paper and proposal in compliance with the KMTC strategic plan are prepared and approved and source of financing identified.

The new colleges are Makueni, Vihiga, Chwele, Kapenguria, Migori, Bomet, Kitale and Nyandarua.

“These colleges were not budgeted for in the year when established (2014/15) and the total expenditure of Sh104,870,201 incurred on the same was not included in the annual expenditure of the year,” Mr Ouko said.

Mr Ouko’s audit findings on KMTC appetite for rapid expansion could explain the college recent alert over the fall in applications for diploma and certificate courses.

KMTC failed to meet its enrollment target following a sharp drop in the number of KCSE candidates scoring the C+ and above grade required for university entry.

The medical college had raised an alert through a June 25, 2018 memo over the fall in applications for diploma and certificate courses and has launched a marketing plan through students and staff members.

This is a departure from past trends where KMTC had to leave out thousands of applicants.

KMTC targets to admit about 20, 000 students annually to its 65 campuses spread across the country.

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