The World Health Organization’s (WHO) plans to put up an emergency hub in Kenya have been thrown into jeopardy over a land ownership wrangle.
The vice-chancellor of one of Kenya’s top universities has been sacked over the dispute.
The WHO and the Africa CDC were allocated land at the university by the Kenyan government for the building of a regional emergency hub.
The facility will include a training centre, house professionals who can respond to a medical emergency within its first 24 hours and stockpiles of medical equipment, according to Reuters news agency.
The Kenyan government and WHO inaugurated the construction of the $5m (£4.2m) facility on Saturday.
But the Kenyatta University opposed the allocation saying it was done without its approval.
President Uhuru Kenyatta publicly criticised the university’s vice-chancellor saying he would take swift action against those opposing the project.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday launched the construction of the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional operations and logistics hub. pic.twitter.com/GLES6olu1t