MMUST and Butula Community in Busia County have agreed to work together towards implementing the already-signed MOU. The parties made this commitment on Friday 8th January 2015 in a joint meeting led by Butula Member of Parliament Hon. Michael Onyura and Vice Chancellor Prof. Fredrick Otieno. 

“We are ready and willing to work with serious partners and are happy that MMUST has shown us their commitment this far,” said Hon. Onyura. Hon. Onyura thanked the University for the hospitality and encouragement in establishing the MMUST Butula Campus. The MP also shared the community’s willingness to donate more land in addition to the available 45 acres of land. Hon. Onyura while acknowledging that accommodation is one of the challenges that may come up however noted that measures to develop infrastructure for accommodation have been put in place. 

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Fredrick Otieno challenged both parties to think ahead in terms of providing leadership that will help to implement the MOU. The Vice Chancellor hinted that the University will send close to 200 government-sponsored students to Butula Campus in the next intake. “Government-sponsored students will assist in attracting others to join the campus,” added Prof. Otieno.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (A&F) Prof. Joseph Rotich thanked the community for their quest for knowledge and noted that the new campus will help to develop the community and contribute towards enhancing education in Kenya. “MMUST Butula Campus will create job opportunities and encourage vibrant economic activities. Our 2016 resolution is to implement our MOU and we assure you of our commitment,” said Prof. Rotich.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (PRI) lauded the enthusiasm exhibited by the Butula community, Member of Parliament and the MMUST fraternity in establishing the campus. Prof. Kabaji observed on the need to focus on action. “We need to focus on actualizing this dream. Let us shift from talking to acting,” said Prof. Kabaji. In his view, Prof. Kabaji feels that MMUST Butula Campus could be the best centre to establish a School of Law in the western region.

The MOU between MMUST and Butula community was signed on 20th November 2016 in a grand ceremony witnessed by H.E Sospeter Ojaamong, the Governor Busia County, Butula MP Hon. Michael Onyura, and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Planning, Research and Innovation) Prof. Egara Kabaji. 

The report from the Butula Campus Joint Committee Chair Prof John Shiundu a renowned educationist was presented by Prof Ayodo, the Director, School of Open Learning and Continuing Education (SOLACE), MMUST. Already, an advert for the coordinator Butula ODeL campus has been sent out.

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