Located 25KM from the capital city of Kenya Nairobi and one kilometre from Ongata Rongai town, along Magadi road and adjacent to Nairobi National Park is the ICT centre of excellence ,Media and Business- Multimedia University Of Kenya (MMU)
The institution was founded in the year 1948 as the Central Training School (CTS) to serve East African Posts Training school. In the year 1977, it was transformed to Kenya Posts and Telecommunication corporations (KPTC) when the East African community collapsed. Later in 1992, the college was upgraded to Kenya College of Communication Technology (KCCT) under KPTC and later a subsidiary of Telkom Kenya ltd and after a few years i.e 2006 it became a CCK subsidiary after privatization of TKL. Its growth never came to end here; the year 2008, it became Multimedia University College Of Kenya under Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and attained full university status in 2013.
There is no doubt that the institution has grown from a mare college under the watch of government parastatals to a ‘strong’ and stand alone entity. Ranked as the best university in the use of ICT in Kenya and 5th overall in the East African region, the varsity is headed and kind of in the right part to position itself as one of the big giants in the education sector.
Since the emergence of a student union on September 2010, there have been radical changes- this has led to several collisions between students and the management. For the few years I have been associated with the varsity, it has not been a bed of roses, land of free milk and honey. The highway of development and quality service delivery has had lots of potholes but who should we blame? Is it the government or the management? Who has failed to execute his/her mandate?
Due to the ‘continued and persistent ignorance’ by the management, the students have held several demos…the language well understood by the beuracrats.
The most high notch demo took place most recently (25th and 26th June 2013). The students had called a meeting with the management but the VC prof. Walter Oyawa failed to show up thus raising more commitment questions than the answers. Of major concern was and still is the formula of fee payment and the way the Academic Registrar Dr.Livingstone Ngoo handles students using abusive language.
Analysis Of The Demo
After the meeting failed to reach an agreement the students went on rampage blocking Magadi road so as to force the management give them audience. Later the anti riot police from Langata Police station were called to quell the students. In their (students) quest to get an amicable solution to their problems, they resolved to have another meeting on Wednesday but instead the management led by the ill nurtured,primitive and naive Dr. Ngoo called the anti riot police and sent the students home till further communication.
After around a two hour running battle between the students and the police the student leaders decided to go to court to fight for their right. A petion seeking to compell the university to reopen and recall the students unconditionally and order the management to allow the students pay fees in the formula of 50;50;20;10 basis was filed on Friday 28th June 2013 at the Milimani High Courts.
A source close to the core of the student union that requested for anonimity due to the sensitivity of the matter also disclosed to me that there is another petition in the offing. When I tried to get more details, he could not splash more but promised to call me at a later date and share more with me.
The Multimedia University Of Kenya Student Union (MUKSU) also sort more help from some Mps whose names are yet to be put public and left copies of the petition with them. Also a senior official from the office of Deputy President rumuored to be the Director of Youth Affairs has been ‘enjoined’ to push the ‘Redorm Agenda.’
To ensure that no hole was/is to be left unsealed, MUKSU also wrote to the PS Ministry of Education. The response is that after the inauguration of a New Council all logistics will be resolved after the appointment of a VC. Other appoints like that of DVs and other administrators would follow suite. If the institution perfoms as per the government’s expectation it will be reloctaed to the upcoming Tech City- Konza City since it was recently chosen by the government to push the realization of Vision 2030. May God Bless MMU.
More to follow after the hearing of the petition…..