Governor, senator in row over new university

The simmering row over the establishment of a university in Nyamira county is far from over, Governor John Nyagarama accusing Senator Okong'o Mong'are of opposing development.

Last week, while at the county headquarters, Mr Mong'are accused the governor of rushing to establish a university without consulting the public.

The governor yesterday clarified that the county engaged the Kiabonyoru board of management, the school community, ward reps, county officers and opinion leaders.

"There was adequate public consultation with all the stakeholders involved before the decision was made. In fact, they warmly received the idea," he said.

Mr Nyagarama said that not even a single participant had raised any reservations during various forums where the idea of the university was discussed.

"Why would anyone want to inject politics into such a noble establishment that seems to be a flagship project in every county?" he wondered.

The governor further accused the senator of abusing the role of oversight in development.

"The Senator should find a proper platform through which to engage my administration, rather than making baseless allegations," he said.

The university will be located at Kiabonyoru area in Borabu constituency.