By BONIFACE MULU
A total of 164 students of the Kitui Institute of Development Studies graduated during the institution’s 4th graduation ceremony held at the Kitui Central Primary School in Kitui Town recently.
The Green African Foundation Managing Director, Dr. Isaac Peter Kalua was the chief guest at the ceremony. The institution’s Director Wilfred Mwendwa Muia announced that the college was started in July 2012.
“Since its inception, the college has enrolled more than 2,000 students from Kitui, Machakos and Makueni Counties among other counties in Kenya,” he added. And it started with 25 students and currently the population is 700 students, he further said.
The director congratulated the graduands on qualifying for the awards of various diplomas and certificates. He announced that the college has two campuses-Kitui and Mwingi with the Kitui being the main campus.
Muia also announced that this year the institution gave out some 2 million shillings full scholarships to its needy students. In his speech, the Kitui County Training and Skills Development Deputy Director, Mathew Mutuku, said:
“The aim of this ceremony is to congratulate this college’s students and to market them. He announced that there are 53 vocational training centres in the county being operated by the county government.
And he added that the centres have a total of 6,000 students. “I want to thank the private investors who have invested in this area. This is the right time,” the officer said. Mutuku had represented the County Education, ICT and Youth Development Minister David M.Kivoto at the function.
And on his part, Kalua asked parents to make friendship with their children “because that is the beginning and the foundation of great things that can be in Kenya.” I want you to be the chain that can be maintained in this institution, in Kitui County and in Kenya, he told the graduands. Nationally, Kalua hit out at those who are against the 2019 national census results. “Professionals should be given an opportunity to do what they can do.
The census was conducted professionally and I am very happy with the work of Mr. Mwangi,” Kalua said. Zachary Mwangi is the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Director General. He officially announced the results on November 4, 2019. In his speech, the Kitui County Senator, Enock Kiio Wambua, highly congratulated the students who graduated during the ceremony. “From me and the great people of Kitui,
I tell you congratulations,” the senator told the graduands. He highly lauded the Kitui Institute of Development Studies for “its good leadership.” We have a number of public and private colleges and I have never seen any private college that gives bursaries to the students from its account,” Wambua said.
I say this with evidence, he added. “It is not very far from today when the Kitui Institute of Development Studies will become a private university. And I as a person from Kitui, I assure you that I will continue supporting this college,” the senator said.
Kitui County Assembly Members Anastacia Mwathi Mutunga (Mutitu/Kaliku Ward) and Andrew Luusa (Kanyangi Ward) also addressed the function. And Dr. Anne Christine who had represented the South Eastern Kenya University and Joseph Muroti from the Saint Paul’s University also addressed the function.
The occasion was also addressed by the local financial institutions heads among others.
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