Varsity donates Ksh500,000 towards Turkana Cultural & Tourism Festival
Mount Kenya University has today (August, 28, 2014) donated Ksh500,000 to the County Government of Turkana. The money is in support of the Turkana Cultural and Tourism Festival (August 28- 31).
The Vice-Chair of the MKU Council Dr. Vincent Gaitho, MKU Lodwar Campus Director Felix Sialo and Dr. Peter Kirira, Deputy Director, Research and Development handed over the cheque to Turkana County Governor His Excellency Josphat Nanok at his office in Lodwar town today.
H.E Nanok thanked MKU for the initiative, saying it emphasizes the university’s commitment to continuously develop human resource capacity in Turkana County. “You showed a lot of good will and commitment by being the first university to set base in this county. Such Corporate Social Responsibilities initiatives are evidence of your seriousness.”
The Turkana Cultural and Tourism Festival, christened “Tobong’u Lore, 2014” was held under the refrain, “Welcome Back Home.” The county is home to some of the world’s most famous archeological sites. The theme is meant to encourage people to learn about the history of mankind, as told by scientists. The Festival features a showcase of the Turkana people’s rich culture, and an exhibition by various companies, government institutions and non-governmental organisations.
“As MKU, we are now part and parcel of the Turkana community,” said Dr. Vincent Gaitho, vice-chair of the MKU council and chair of the National Water Summit organising committee. The National Water Summit will be held between October 9 and 10th this year in Turkana County.
The university is currently constructing a Ksh200 million science and technology centre in Lodwar, which will house the upcoming Institute of Petroleum Studies and Renewable Energy. Dr. Gaitho said the institute will seek to empower the locals with adequate skills that will enable them tap into the County’s vast natural resources notably oil and water.