The Bomet gubernatorial candidate on Jubilee ticket, Dr. Joyce Laboso has said that government will construct a Sh. 800 million Bomet University College in Bomet town.
Speaking in Bomet town today during her campaign trail, Dr Laboso said that the varsity will be a constituent college of Moi University and would be located in Bomet town and not Sigor.
She pointed out that President Uhuru Kenyatta during his visit to Bomet County on Monday promised to ensure that Bomet University College will be built in town and not anywhere else as proposed by some local leaders.
President Kenyatta two years ago presented two title deeds for the land parcels for the construction of the college to the then County Commissioner, Bernard Leparmarai but Bomet governor, Isaac Ruto opposed the location, saying it was a designated dumping site.
Ruto argued that his administration was not consulted on the location of the new university and went to court to challenge the idea but lost the cases at the Court of Appeal which favoured the current location.
The Governor in his submission said Moi University Senate had identified the location at Sigor Secondary School for the construction of the constituent college and not Bomet town.
On Monday, the Deputy President (DP) stated that the ideal location for the varsity was Bomet town and not Sigor where governor Ruto had bought land for the construction of the same.
Dr Laboso said that the first group of 250 students in the regular program of Moi University have since been admitted to Bomet Campus, adding that another batch of 500 students will join the varsity in September.
She said that Bomet University College will continue to operate from Bomet Technical Training Institute until the completion of the new structures at the land which was allocated by the President.
The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and the incumbent Sotik legislator said that if elected as the Governor of Bomet, she will relocate the dumping site elsewhere and allow the University to be in town and allocate other campuses to each of the five constituencies.
On the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) she said it will pass through Bomet town, adding that this will offer residents employment.
She appealed to area residents to re-elect the Jubilee Administrations if they expected the region spar economic growth.
Source: Kenya News Agency