He notes that some of the investors choose to involve the designers in the groundwork after the design is complete but says that this is left to the investor’s discretion. He says that it is better to continue to work with the designers or architects to ensure conditions are met to the specifications of the design work.
Kioni says that they cannot really control the amount of money private investors charge as the investors are in it for the profits. The university college currently accommodates a paltry 500 students and gives priority to those with disabilities and first year students.
The situation is not unique to Kimathi University College. Many of the newly established varsities now find themselves stretched for space to accommodate the large number of students that are constantly flowing to pursue higher education.
Prof Kioni says that once the university sufficiently provides learning facilities, it will venture into provision of accommodation. Meanwhile, students have to swallow the bitter pill and rely on private investors for their accommodation needs in the short term.