While the administration at the University of Nairobi is busy fighting over the control university funds – where the anti-corruption troops? – Kenyatta University is moving ahead, doing innovative things to increase its funding and offer opportunities for more market oriented education.
KUTV Boosts Image of KU
A few years ago, KU overtook UoN as the largest university by student population. It retained its honor as the most prestigious university in Kenya and also most preferred by students and teachers. But even these two, it might soon lose to its fierce competitors.
The appearance of KUTV is a large feather in hat of KU. It’s a shame for UoN which has had a school of journalism for ages and which boasts of having lecturers in the faculty that where essentially practitioners of the craft of journalism.
Fierce Battle for Finances
In UoN the Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbithi and his deputy Professor Bernard Njoroge, who is in charge of finance, are involved in a bitter fight into which has been sucked the Cabinet Secretary Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, himself a deputy vice chancellor at the university in charge of academic affairs.
Njoroge had raised concerns over mismanagement of university finances, which did not go down well with his boss. Last August, the row deepened after Mbithi issued new financial control guidelines requiring that all expenditures above US$1,000 be approved by him. As would be expected Njoroge protested the directive, saying it was meant to ‘clip his powers’.
As a result, Mbithi sacked three alleged supporters of Njoroge – chief internal auditor Peter Igiria, chief legal officer Rebecca Wairimu Ngondo, and chief finance officer Michael Karue.
Now Kaimenyi entered the fray, questioning how a deputy vice-chancellor in charge of finances not being allowed to handle the money.
The institution is midway through the construction of a US$25 million business complex that is expected to host several conference halls, a modern library, a hotel and restaurant as well as outdoor and indoor sports facilities.
The complex is aimed at expanding the University of Nairobi’s revenue streams. Only KU has so far taken this route — and it appears to be doing very well.