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CS Matiang’i to commission Mwai Kibaki Convention centre in Thika

In Summary

  • Facility has a seating capacity of 2,000 people.
  • It immortalises the achievements of Kenya’s second President Mwai Kibaki.

Interior Cabinet Minister Fred Matiang’i will commission the newly-built Mwai Kibaki Convention Centre at Mount Kenya University Thika Main Campus today.

The multi-million shilling facility, erected by the university, is named in honour of Kenya’s third President His Excellency Mwai Kibaki.

The Convention Centre will be open for use both by students of the university and members of the public.

The tri-storey architectural masterpiece features Mezzanine one and two, and third floor which has seminar halls. “The Centre will serve a variety of purposes such as hosting inaugural speeches, academic presentations, staging of plays and music,” says MKU Director of Corporate Communications Prof Peter Wanderi.

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International Delegates outside the newly-constructed Mwai Kibaki Convention Centre at Thika Main Campus. PHOTO/JOHN MUCHUCHA

It has a seating capacity of 2,000 people.

Mwai Kibaki Convention Centre Masterpiece

The Convention centre, which took over three years of proper planning and construction, is accessible either through the university’s main entrance or a dedicated entrance along General Kago Road.

“There is a separate entrance for special guests through the gazebo at the back of the building for privacy and security of visitors,” adds Prof. Wanderi.

This Convention Centre is the only such facility at an institution of higher learning in Kenya.

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The facility has a seating capacity of 2,000. It has sound-proofing and acoustic materials to stop noise interference. PHOTO/JOHN MUCHUCHA

In naming the Centre after President Kibaki, the university not only honours his achievements as President (2002-2012), but also brings back memories of January 11, 2009 when he awarded the institution a Charter.

In 2014, President Kibaki also graced the university-sponsored National Water Summit held in Turkana County. Kibaki attended the event in his capacity as the patron of the Millenium Water Alliance.

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