MPs give Matiang’i 30 days ultimatum to solve universities crisis in Kenya

MPs give Matiang’i 30 days ultimatum to solve universities crisis in Kenya

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Nairobi, KENYA: Members of Parliament have given Education CS Dr Fred Matiang’i an ultimatum of 30 days to form an overhaul task force to investigate the crisis affecting Kenyan universities.

Led by Mukurweini legislator Kabando Wa Kabando the MPs urged Matiangi to form a task force which will iron out vices they allege  are thriving in the institutions.

The vices including drug trafficking, tribalism ,corruption and student leadership wrangles .

“Please form a task force to deal with  public universities being closed and affecting generations, budgeting of universities; disrupting learning and investments Kenyans have done.” Kabando said.

He indicated that MPs are geared to move a motion in Parliament to amend laws related to universities, so as to deal with threshold of student leadership in the universities.

Parliamentary chair on security Asman Kamama indicated that criminal activities emerging in universities are a worrying trend especially on drug cartels whose businesses are thriving in the institutions.

“As a matter of urgency we urge education cs and his interior counterpart to look into this issue, when we leave parliament these students are the ones who will take over from us as future leaders.” Kamama said.

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The MPs added that there is need to regulate student’s subscription fee to ascertain how to administer students unions, so as to avoid emergence of cartels in the institutions.