Dedan Kimathi University Leadership Split Over Sharing of Ruto's Ksh1 Million Gift

Ezra Manyibe | 1 month ago
File image of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology graduates during the institution's 10 Graduation ceremony. |Courtesy| DeKUT|

The sharing of a donation of Ksh1 million by President William Ruto to the Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology has become a bone of contention between the school's administration, student leadership, and the students.

In a statement on Tuesday 10, 2024, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology Students Organization (DeKUTSO) Secretary-General Nicholas Ngetich rejected the school's decision to share the money equally among all students in session. This translated to Ksh180 per student.

Ngetich claimed that the Dedan Kimathi University administration settled on the decision without involving the student leaders body.

“The decision was made without our input and we strongly disagree with the decision, therefore we treat this as an act of undermining the students’ leadership body,” he stated.

This comes after the university's Directorate of Students' Welfare issued a memo on Tuesday morning, April 9, informing the students that they would each receive Ksh180.

Director of Student Affairs Esther Nthiga defended the decision, arguing that the institution conducted public participation among students through an online Google form.

According to her, 51 per cent of the students voted in favour of equally sharing the money, 36.6 per cent wanted a luncheon while the remaining wanted the money added to the bursary kitty.

"Following the outcome of the public participation, it has been decided that every undergraduate student during the January-April 2024 semester, including students who are on internal attachment during the semester will be given Ksh.180," Nthiga said in the memo.

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