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Kenya loses bid to host planned regional varsity

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by Geza Ulole, Apr 25, 2010.

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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    Kenya loses bid to host planned regional varsity

    [​IMG] Education Minister Prof Sam Ongeri. Photo/FILE
    By MWAURA KIMANI (email the author)
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    Posted Friday, April 23 2010 at 00:00

    Kenya has temporarily missed an opportunity to host a key regional university meant to supply the bloc’s human capital, becoming the latest loser in a battle heating up among East African countries for control of the continent’s economic landscape.
    A Nairobi meeting on Wednesday set to endorse a country which will host the planned Pan African University hit a deadlock, delivering a slap on the face of Kenya, the only nation which had applied to set up the project.
    Sudan had also shown interest but it was not represented at the meeting, leaving Kenya as the top contender for the project.
    Though Kenya has been the more brazen hunter of opportunities in the region’s integration process, this seems to have irked other nations keen to become Africa’s economic powerhouses.
    Education ministers from 13 countries in the East African region meeting under the auspices of the African Union failed to pick Kenya, saying some nations had been side-stepped in the exercise.
    Representatives from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Eritrea and Seychelles said they had not been asked to express interest in hosting the institution in what emerged as a fresh battlefront between the regional economies.
    “The exercise requires countries to make crucial political decisions and therefore they must be given more time to consult on whether they intend to bid,” said Uganda’s Higher Education minister Mwesigwa Rukutana.
    “The process was not transparent, neither was it fair and therefore we must go back to the drawing board, ” he said.
    The project is meant to supply Africa with the critical mass of engineers and researchers in key areas identified as drivers of growth such as space, water and energy, technology and climate change.
    Most countries hope to use the university — which will specialise in basic sciences, technology, research and innovation — as a pad to raising their profile as education hubs ahead of regional integration and as they push to emerge as economic bigshots.
    It is also expected to see satellite campuses set up in various countries, who must also bid to be given the opportunity.
    The African Union Commission plans to establish such hubs in Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Africa, with all the areas assigned different concentrations.
    The successful hosts are meant to cater for at least one third of the hub’s yet to be determined budget.
    The African Union has given all the 13 countries in the region two weeks to formally apply if they are interested in hosting the university in what may delay the process which was planned to be finalised by July.
    “Failure to quickly agree on the host is likely to delay the process of establishing the hub and therefore the prospects of improving our education in the region could suffer,” said Ruth Mukama of the African Union.
    “Member countries were meant to pick the host by consensus but it appears this is not tenable and therefore we will have to go through the vetting process, ” said Prof Mukama.
    “This matter should be handled urgently and transparently so as to ensure the project is rolled out as soon as possible,” said Education minister Sam Ongeri.
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    "our region superpower" needs to be disqualified since they withheld the info.
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    Ben Saanane Verified User

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    Mhh,those selfish crooks got what they deserve

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    MpendaTz JF-Expert Member

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    This is it! All their colours are getting exposed slowly. Those of us who know our selfish neighbour shouldn't be surprised at all! There is more to come! Even the Ministers of the rest four countries are now aware and alert. Look at the reaction of the Ugandan Minister!
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    The Quonquerer JF-Expert Member

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    Smatta umeona mlivyo...monsters at your best. I don't hate Kenyans, but i don't like them.
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    Smatta JF-Expert Member

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    I also dont like Tanzania and Tanzanians, but a brother gosta eat right?
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    More will be disclosed, then the death of the hell eac.
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    Nyaralego JF-Expert Member

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    Giving you all sleepless nights hahaha... Kenya bashing a hobby and a pasttime in TZ!!
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    nomasana JF-Expert Member

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    you win some and lose some. kenyans dont dont play fair, we play hard. we will leave the fair play to you tanzanians.

    f*ck fair play.
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    Ubungoubungo JF-Expert Member

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    this is what makes people to run away from you, you are not trusted, don't you know that someone's faithfulness is a good capital? you will eat your pride...proud of nothing anyway. wish something came into our mind to know that you need to come down so God would lift you up...with your pride, proud of aridity and tribalism, you will be run away by everybody and feared to enter into business partnership. sorry for you sir.
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    Kenya is a political time bomb with little natural resources and no real advantage to US... contracting with Kenya is a liability at best