Officials from the Commission for University Education (CUE) recently inspected the new MKU Lodwar Campus building in Lodwar, Turkana County.
The state-of-the-art building, located along Lodwar-Kitale road is Kenya’s first post-independence university campus in Turkana County. It was constructed at a cost of Ksh200 million. The new building complements the other facility along Cathedral Street in Lodwar town. The new building complies with the Universities Act, 2012, which defines the standards for university campus facilities.
The facilities must adhere to public health and safety, among others. “Building facilities including classrooms, and lecture theaters, staff offices, research areas, seminar rooms, laboratories, workshops, studios, clinics, libraries, student residences, staff residences, communal and social services areas such as worship, kitchen, dining, common rooms, recreational facilities” are some of the some of the key components prescribed in the Act.
Recently, CUE gave a clean bill of health to the four locations in Nairobi where Mount Kenya University operates. These are MKU Parklands, MKU Towers, Bank Plaza and Union Towers.
The new Lodwar Campus building will be commissioned soon.
Students from the campus will perform at the 2nd Turkana County Tourism and Cultural Festival, which will be held at the Ekalees Centre, Lodwar, between August 27 and 30.
Associate Dean of Students Pauline Akiru says the students will perform a Merille folksong in the two-day event themed Turkana Cultural Revival for Peace and Development.
MKU Lodwar Campus is Kenya’s first post-independence university campus in Turkana County. Recently, the campus moved to a new, state-of-the-art building along the Lodwar-Kitale highway, constructed at a cost of Ksh200 million. “We are committed to providing quality higher education to every community in Kenya and beyond,” says MKU Chairman Dr. Simon Gicharu.
In October last year, the university organized an international water summit along the shores of Lake Turkana. Under the theme ‘Water for Socio-Economic Development’, the summit, which was opened by H.E Mwai Kibaki, Kenya’s third President and patron of the Millenium Water Alliance, underlined the university’s commitment to generating new knowledge that is beneficial to the host community.
The Turkana cultural festival runs under the tagline, ‘Tobong’u Lore’, or ‘welcome back home’. This is a rallying call to all mankind to ‘come visit home’. Turkana, is considered the ‘Cradle of mankind’; fossilized remains of Australopithecus, Homo habilis and Homo erectus have been found here.
The festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Turkana people – from the traditional dances, regalia, songs, food and lifestyle. The festival will also bring together people from South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda. The Turkana County Government, the organizers of the annual event say there will be excursions to the virgin beaches of Lake Turkana, and archeological pilgrimages to the Turkana Boy monument and Turkana Basin Institute among other tourism attractions.