KCA University, Busia County Renew Talks To Revive Amagoro Campus

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By Reuben Olita

The leadership of KCA University and the County Government of Busia today renewed talks aimed at reviving the Amagoro Campus that was closed after what the varsity attributed to accumulated debts.

Giving the chronology of events that made the varsity council close the campus after over seven years in operation , the Varsity Chief Finance Officer, Mr Michael Ingutia revealed that KCA incurred an accumulated loss of Sh28million.

Mr Ingutia told the first meeting between the Governor H.E Sospeter Ojaamong and the new KCA Vice Chancellor, Professor Isaiah Kindiki at Hotel Levantes in Amagoro how the varsity incurred a debt of Sh8.5m from unpaid fees by NGF- CDF Teso South Constituency then under Mary Emaase as the Member of Parliament.

Mr. Ingutia said the Varsity was also under pressure from local hostel owners over Sh5.2m that remained unpaid by CDF which made it untenable to continue its operations.

However, the CFO exonetated the County Government over the fiasco that led to the closure of the Amagoro campus, noting that the County leadership met part of its bargain as per the Memorandum of Understanding.

The Governor assured Prof Kindiki, who took over from Prof Noah Midamba, that his government is ready for afresh start to have the revival of the campus.

” The opening of the Campus revolutionized the region with many teachers and the youth accessing varsity education at comfort of their homes.The closure was partly attributed to uphazard manner in which it started,” he said.

He added: ” My Government met part of our bargain. For the campus to get to its feet again, we need to do everything right and be focused and not do guesswork.”

The Governor assured the varsity leadership of his resolve to partner with donors to raise the profile of the KCA campus once it resumes operations, including allocating more land for its expansion. Meanwhile, he promised to sponsor students to the main campus.

The Vice Chancellor said the dire need to have the campus up and running again is occasioned by the fact that Busia County is the hub for both local and international students.

” There is need for new MoU with new terms. For the varsity to break even, we need at least 1000 students which the County leadership says is achievable,” he said.

Education Executive, Prof Grephas Opata assured the varsity that the demand for varsity education in Teso North in Busia County and its environs is large, noting that once the proposal is made, they are ready to move.

Chief Officer, Daniel Mogoria said the department is willing to support what it promised in the last meeting with immediate former Chancellor, Prof Noah Midamba where 12 Members of the County Assembly accepted to give scholarships to 130 students, adding that they will scout for more funds.

Photo: Busia Governor H.E Sospeter Ojaamong and Education Executive during a meeting with KCA University leaership in Amagoro on Monday.

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