WHO Breaks Silence On Kenyatta University Land Dispute With President Uhuru
The World Health Organization (WHO) has denied any involvement in the contentious land dispute between Kenyatta University and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
WHO stated that it welcomed Uhuru’s administration’s donation of 200 acres of land for the construction of a cutting-edge emergency hub on the African continent.
Matshidiso Moeti, WHO director in Africa, stated on Thursday, July 14, that it met with officials from the Ministry of Health and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
“We are aware that the land is owned by the government and the people of Kenya and continues to be so. We engaged in discussion with the government to host some additional functions,” she stated.
Nonetheless, she stated that the hub will benefit all Kenyans because it will house WHO regional offices as well as an emergency drug storage unit.
The facility will also assist the organization in streamlining its activities in dealing with various diseases, particularly those spread from animals to humans.
“We must work together to stop Africa from becoming a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases by containing them before they cause widespread infections.”
Uhuru defended the government’s decision to award the health organization government land and Ksh500 million during the facility’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Uhuru argued that the facility would help Kenya gain international recognition.
However, he noted that there were those who were opposed to land donation, particularly the university’s administration.
He promised at the time that he would take harsh action against officials who opposed the land transfer.
As a result, former KU vice chancellor Paul Wainaina was fired, and the university council was disbanded.
KU has been suspended. Vice-Chancellor Paul Wainaina previously stated that the land belonged to the university and was set aside for development projects.
The university, according to Prof Wainaina, is not opposed to any project, but proper procedure and process must be followed.
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The WHO regional facility, the first of its kind in an African network of centers, will include a training center and a cadre of professionals capable of responding to a medical emergency within the first 24 hours, as well as medical equipment stockpiles.