The Memorandum of Understanding between Kiambu County Coordinated Stakeholders Association (KCCSA) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is in the process of being reviewed to incorporate new ideas arising from prevailing circumstances.
An inaugural Joint Management Committee (JMC) meeting held at the University, Friday, June 25, 2021 resolved that there was need to relook at the Association’s terms of reference as well as forming a technical committee that would identify different projects suitable for the people of the larger Kiambu County.
Speaking during the seminar, the KCSA Chairman, Mr. Kimani Kang’ethe, said, partnerships are dynamic and therefore call for review from time to time to ensure they conform to the needs of the people they are meant to benefit.
Mr. Kang’ethe who is also the JMC Co-Chair said his association had lined up activities and written proposals for activities to be undertaken during the current year, 2021. Among the activities, he elaborated, was a proposal to upgrade the Gachororo hospital to a level 4 hospital, as well as building about 200 low cost housing units that would utilize local resources and experts to put up.
“The two projects (health care and housing), among others that are to be scrutinized by the appointed technical committee would be handed over to the JMC and later be submitted to the relevant authorities for further action,” affirmed Mr. Kang’ethe. This, he said, would in a way also be complementing the Government’s Big 4 Agenda
While appreciating the role played by the University in the county, Mr. Kang’ethe said his Association would work closely with the University to achieve its objective.
In his remarks, the University’s Director Extension and Technology Transfer, Mr. Nyori Mbugua who hailed the collaboration with KCCSA advised the members that it was their energized approach that would make the difference in their resolve.
“Other than training and research, the University also offers extension services, a reason why the meeting was organized to identify areas of mutual interest for both parties,” Mr. Mbugua who is also a Co-Chair of the JMC told the members.
In her welcoming remarks, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa, said, JMCs the world over played a significant role in any collaboration as they were the driving force that ensured actualization of partnerships.
“For the said reason, JMCs have to be outward looking to raise funds for projects if need be as well as come up with viable ideas that can build communities. The government is built by such engagements, but we must all play our role positively and have a clear focus of what we want to do and where and how far we want to go,” said Prof. Abukutsa who is also the Chairperson of the JMC.
She hailed the cordial partnership existing between KCCSA, Kiambu County government and the University, which she described as healthy, conducive and enviable.
“We are as a University, are ready to partner with you on all areas that we have expertise,” she assured the members.
Earlier, the Director, Linkages, Dr Kaibui Mwikamba informed the members that the University had signed MoUs ranging between one and ten years period with over 280 establishments in various fields.
The JMC meeting was convened to review the association’s past activities and prioritize future projects and engagements.