- Mr. Muriithi Ndegwa – Managing Director of the Kenya Toursim Board paid a visit to the Vice Chancellor of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology – Prof. P.N. Kioni on 9th April 2014. The purpose of the visit was to set in motion the process for creating an MOU between the University and the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB). Mr. Muriithi expressed the board’s interest in working directly with the University to promote tourism in the county. Of much interest was the University’s potential for Agritourism and Birding. The University has a large coffee farm and a coffee lab and even processes its own coffee under the brand name “Dedan Kimathi University Premium Coffee”. The KTB head noted that currently there was no institution offering agritourism in coffee and that DeKUT could step up to fill this gap. According to a bird mapping exercise conducted in the University’s expansive coffee farm, there are over 200 species of birds just within the University’s coffee farm alone. This according to Mr. Muriithi Ndegwa would be a novelty to bird lovers world over. The University also has a one of a kind conservancy which hosts a number of animals including wildebeests, zebras, and monkeys. The conservancy not only serves as a training ground for its students in the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management but is also open to the public for camping. The University is also building a conference facility within the conservancy.
The MOU is set to be signed by Mid next month (May).