Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has roped in the Bomet-based Sunrise Community College to provide targeted training, teaching and capacity building to Kenya’s devolved units. The collaboration is aimed at improving technical and operational capabilities of individuals performing different roles in the counties.
Since the onset of Devolution in Kenya, JKUAT has staged tailor-made programmes such as the County Governance Course that have seen many leaders acquire necessary skills to effectively discharge their mandates at different levels of leadership. A number of past graduates of the course have since been elected as members of parliament as well as county assemblies.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said JKUAT had honed a unique institutional capacity to support the successful implementation of the devolution, including training programmes and technology transfer.
The Vice Chancellor was speaking during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions to kick-start the partnership.
Sunrise Community College Director, David Rotich who is also the Deputy Governor of Bomet County said the newly elected members of the county assemblies were in need of capacity building to enable them effectively represent, legislate and watchdog the respective executives.
Courses earmarked for the partnership dubbed ‘Ugatuzi Teaching, Learning and Outreach Programme’ cover public administration; monitoring and evaluation as well as county governance.
The initiative will also see JKUAT work with different counties in commercialization and uptake of its research and innovation outputs.