The government of Rwanda has closed down Mt Kenya University, Kigali campus for allegedly offering ‘FAKE’ degrees.
The Ministry of Education through the Higher Education Council(HEC) issued a notice suspending MKU from offering undergraduate courses in nursing, pharmacy and medical laboratory sciences as well as bachelors and masters degrees in public health.
In a notice dated August 28, HEC said that due to not fulfilling requirements , the above programmes of MKU Kigali campus had been suspended until all the deficiencies are adressed.
The Executive Director of HEC, Innocent Mugisha said HEC had an obligation to do regulatory duties without promoting or defaming any institution.
The regulator also moved to shut down MKU’s newly opened Rusizi campus citing that it was established without fulfilling the due requirements.
MKU founder and chairman Simon Gicharu however promised to shed more light on the matter upon his return from a trip to India.
Although HEC declined to reveal the number of students affected by the ban, fear of anxiety is likely to hit MKU’s recent graduates and learners who have recently been enrolled into the affected programmes since the courses are also offered in Kenya.
MKU has more than 4,000 students in Kicukiro, Kigali, Town centre and was about to open the fourth in Rusizi before the trouble befell.
Rwanda has a few public tertially institutions including the University of Rwanda, Integrated Polytechnics, Institute of Legal Practice and Development and 3 Nursing Schools.
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board said that once it gets details from Rwanda on reason behind stopping the pharmacy course in Kigali, it will send a team to review the programme.
Nairobi-based proffessional bodies in the named fields also weighed on the matter saying that there are plans to have a fresh audit on the affected courses at MKU.
Mt Kenya University is one of the biggest private universities in Kenya extending to other Eastern Africa countries.
It started as a mid-level college in 1996 before it was chartered in January 2011 by the then President of Republic of Kenya, H.E. Mwai Kibaki making it the first chartered university in Kenya with no ownership affiliation to the state, church or proffessional organisation.