KISII University that received a charter from President Kibaki two weeks ago has begun a major expansion program.
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony yesterday, deputy vice chancellor, administration and finance, J.T Maihitha, said the university has acquired 50 acres of land at Nyangweta forest in Gucha South to put up a campus.
He said the land was donated by Gucha County Council while South Mugirango CDF has donated Sh5 million for initial works. Maihitha said once complete, the university will be known as Nyangweta Campus.
Deputy vice chancellor, academics, Mwaniki Ngare thanked the community for donating land and asked locals to take advantage of the university once it is completed.
He said the university council he also floated the tender and the contractor is expected at the site soon. Ngare pledged that the university will partner with the ministry of Forestry to conserve the forest.
Outgoing South Mugirango MP Manson Nyamweya led the ground breaking ceremony. Nyamweya pledged to work with relevant agencies to partner with donors and further develop the university.
He thanked the locals for preserving the forest saying they will now reap from this deligence. "If this land had been grabbed, we would not have a place to put up the campus but now thanks to you residents, we do," he said.
Nyamweya said the campus will be accessible once the Kamagambo-Nyansembe-Mogonga road is complete. He said the project is also set to provide employment opportunities for locals once construction begins which will reduce poverty levels in the area.