Tharaka region is expected to get another boost once the Marimanti based Kenya Medical Training college becomes operational come September 2021.
Speaking at the Campus grounds, the chairman of KMTC board of management chair professor Phillip Kaloki who was in company of Tharaka MP Gitonga Murugara said they are dedicated as the government to ensure the institution is eperationarised by September to allow the first intake of the medical students.
“I am pleased by the efforts that Murugara has made towards achieving this projects and we are here for the approval. As a government we are much dedicated to ensure the college is commissioned come September according to the talks we have held on the road map towards completion of the whole project,’’ Kaloki said.
Further, Kaloki said they are working in partnership with Njuki led county government for funding of remaining classes, library and two laboratories which are vital for running of institution of such stature.
“We held talks with the county governor and he assured us of his commitments towards additional funding to facilitate construction of the remaining classrooms and other vital facilities like library and laboratories,’’ he said.
Speaking during the visit, MP Murugara said the campus currently has 4 complete classes, administration block and an abrasion block for students but the college is requiring more funding apart from CDF which has been funding the construction.
“We have so far spent Sh 14 Million from CDF kitty for the construction since the ministry requires the college to be registered before they can release funds. Having 4 classes currently, we need 10 more classes of which four are under way towards achieving the 14 classes required.
Murugara however faulted the national treasury for delayance of CDF cash disbursement which has been paralyzing activities in the constituencies and thus halting development projects.
This is the second time Kaloki was visiting the college, this time assessing the progress made on the construction of the campus which is eagerly waited for commissioning.
The campus will be the fourth institution of higher learning in Tharaka after Tharaka University College, a constituent college of Chuka University, Tharaka Technical and Vocational College and Kenya Water Institute at Chiakariga.
Finally, Kaloki urged locals to enroll students from the locality into the institutions once commissioned as a way of supporting its establishment and allow it to flourish.