Why Uhuru didn’t give Nyandarua a university charter

Nyandarua University has failed to get a charter from the National Government, with former Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia, saying that disunity among local leaders was to blame for missed opportunity.

Speaking at the Nyahururu ACK Cathedral Church on Sunday, Kimemia said that Nyandarua was left out of the program that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta elevate seven other tertiary institutions into fully fledged universities because leaders had failed to agree on a location for the institution.

‘‘The dispute has led to the county being locked out of the program despite having been identified as a beneficiary over seven years ago during President Mwai Kibaki’s regime,” he said.

He challenged the leaders to “swallow their pride” and work together, adding that such a collaboration would be in the best interest of the county. Kimemia also appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to reconsider his decision about the institution.

Human Rights Activist, Beatrice Gathoni Kamau, said that it was regrettable that the leaders were taking their children to prestigious schools abroad, all the while frustrating the development of local institutions that could help wananchi.

She stated that the County lost a multi-billion wind power project in Kinangop over wrangles by local leadership, saying these internal disputes were affecting the growth of the region.

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