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Diaspora Professors Visit Diaspora University Town Office & Land

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Prof. Phillip Mutisya talks when at the Diaspora University Town land. Four professors were present. Prof. Phillip Mutisya talks when at the Diaspora University Town land. Four professors were present.

Diaspora Professors working on the Diaspora University founding: Prof. Philliph Mutisya of Durham, NC; Prof. Jerono Rotich of Greensboro, NC; Prof. Christopher Kimaru of Raleigh, NC who were accompanied by the other professors and professionals made a visit to the Diaspora University Town offices in Voi and the land site. The professors who form a team of 40 professors, both Diaspora professors and Kenyans, were very excited to visit the land. Prof. Mutisya said, “We will get the number to 50 founders. This is very exciting.”

Welcoming them to Voi were: Dan Kamau who relocated from Diaspora to Kenya to kick off the project and has since open the Diaspora University Town office at Voi; Benjamin Mwandaa who is the Ndara B Community Chairman; Dr. Justin Maghanga of Taita Taveta University who is spearheading the Strategic Environmental Assessment; Surveyor Mathias Mjomba who is planning the land physical plan; Colonel (Rtd) Antony Nyangala; Major (Rtd) Henry Mwalugha; Pastor Pagiel Mshila who connected Bishop Mwawasi to Ndara B; other professionals and Ndara B Community members.  

The University idea was started by the late Prof. Raphael Njoroge and retired Prof. Arthur Gerstenfeld when working as professors at WPI. The idea grew to become a University Town development plan for jobs creation and advancement of town settlements. The plan is currently aligned to Kenya Constitution 2010 and is set up to meet the rights of housing, clean water, healthcare, clean environment, education and others. 

The professors as founders of the Diaspora University informed those gathered that they are working on the University founding. They said once the University opens it will not only benefit Taita Taveta but also the country and the region.  

The Chairman of Ndara B Community narrated how the community was introduced to the project. He said that the community welcomes the project and many of the community members look forward to be part of the implementation of the project as they get jobs.  

On behalf of the Taita Taveta community and residents, Major (Rtd) Henry Mwalugha and Colonel (Rtd) Anthony Nyangala informed the Diaspora professors that the people of Taita Taveta County welcome the project. The former professionals who served in the Kenya Army and the Kenya Navy respectively also said they are happy to come out of retirement and be part of the project development. They are currently working on the security, safety and emergency plan of the Diaspora University Town.     

Advocate Mercy Mathai, whose law firm is part of the growing law firms that are setting up the legal systems and representing the project was also present.   

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