Jan 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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The Kibaki flagship project in Coast that has stalled for 10 years

But the college is not yet completed almost 10 years after its start.

The National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC), chaired by Karanja Kibicho, blamed insufficient funds for the delay. < / p> p>

The government originally had 8 billion Shillings. budgeted, but only 4.9 billion Shillings. which stalled the project.

“This is a flagship project that started some time ago, was conceived and accepted in 2012 to expand our training programs in the hospitality industry,” said Dr. Kibisho.

“It has all the accompanying facilities for training in the hotel industry, with a particular focus on the maritime sector. We’re here to review the completion. “

When completed, the facility will accept 1,000 students and the first group of 250 students will be admitted later this year or early next year.

Dr. Kibicho was pleased with the pace of the project, which is 71 percent complete.

Dr. Kibicho said construction has funding problems.

“When a project is completed there is a delay “There are some costs associated with this delay in terms of mobilizing contractors, the price change of goods such as cement in 2012 is different from today,” said Dr. Kibicho.

In 2019, the Ministry of Tourism suffered and Wildlife suffered a severe setback after a lobby group sued the cancellation of the tender for alleged fraud.

The Presidential Delivery Unit visited the site in October 2019, a week before the president arrived in Mombasa to review the status of the Project to beu judge. only to find it “abandoned”.

The PDU was amazed to find seven workers on the 40 hectare property.

The project was discontinued and should be completed in 2018.

In 2017, Parliament ordered that the college be redesigned to include other additional components for Shr 8.9 billion. To accommodate 3,000 students.

The National Assembly’s public investment The committee said the redesign would ensure that the project is cost-effective and value for money for taxpayers.

The Committee examined a special audit report questioning circumstances that contributed to the increase in costs over the original Sh1. led 0.9 billion to 8.9 billion Sh., before it rose to 4.9 billion Sh.

But in a recent interview with the nation’s Cabinet Minister for Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala cited funding problems.

RNUC was set to become the second state tourism education institution. It is expected to meet the needs of the workforce and complement what the Kenya Utalii College has to offer.

Tourism actors led by Sam Ikwaye, Executive Officer of the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers (KAHC), demonstrated disappointed with the delays.

“There have been serious problems and yes, delays are a blow to the sector’s workforce,” said Dr. Ikwaye.

“Apparently the priorities were wrong, but we hope to be able to prioritize support for Utalii in both Nairobi and the new RNUC so that professionals in the sector can benefit from training and other staff development programs that are currently still missing. ”

The project has been controversial since 2016, with some coastal MPs expressing their disappointment.

The second largest hospitality college in the country after the Kenya Utalii College (KUC ) in Nairobi will create more training opportunities for students and workers in the hospitality industry, as the KUC can no longer meet the existing needs.

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