Ksh1 Billion Set Aside for Setting up Of KIMC Eldoret Campus

Construction of a fully-fledged Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) in Eldoret town is expected to start by mid-2022.

This is after the national government set aside Ksh1.1 billion to facilitate the setting up of the KIMC Eldoret Campus.

According to KIMC Director and Chief Executive Officer Hiram Mucheke, already Ksh40 million have been released to facilitate fencing of a piece of land that the County Government of Uasin Gishu donated to KIMC for the Eldoret campus in 2018.

“We are committed to seeing the campus grow into a fully-fledged media training institution. Already, the government has committed Ksh1.05 billion for the setting up of the campus, and allocated Ksh40 million for the fencing of the land donated by the county,” Mucheke said in Eldoret during the inaugural graduation of the first students of the Eldoret campus, now being hosted at Home Craft, Pioneer estate, on the outskirts of Eldoret town.

“Next year the government has allocated a further Ksh100 million for the construction of tuition block among other key infrastructures,” he added.

The KIMC boss hopes that by the end of 2023/2024 Financial Year all the money allocated for the project will have been released and the Eldoret Campus will be fully operational.

KIMC and the County Government of Uasin Gishu signed a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the setting up of the Eldoret Campus in 2018, and the institution’s Board of Management chairperson Kathleen Openda admits that the project has had delays.

The delays, she said, are a result of the long period that it takes for the evaluation of government projects before they are approved and funds allocated.

“We assure of our commitment to having the dream of a media training institute in Uasin Gishu County realized,” said the KIMC board chairperson.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago who was the chief guest during the KIMC Eldoret Campus graduation affirmed the county’s commitment to ensuring the success of the project.

Mandago said apart from the 7 acres they donated for the project, they plan to allocate an additional 1 acres for the KIMC campus within the Educational Hub in Eldoret town that is factored in the town’s development plan.

He also asked KIMC to consider setting up a campus in every economic bloc that devolved units have formed across the country.

“This campus will serve almost half of Kenya for training young men and women that will work in the media industry.  When we have professional journalists, they help grow democracy because of professionalism aside from educating and informing them,” Mandago said.

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