An institution in Ndenderu, Kiambu county, named the Barack Obama University was closed on Wednesday by the Kenya Commission of University Education.
The university, bearing the name of the US president, was still under construction.
Government officials were concerned that it is being built in a residential area, it was not registered and had not met the requirements to be a university.
“The institution is aimed at duping unsuspecting students to enroll,” commission chairman Henry Thairu said.
He said the public informed them of the institution.
“The university had erected many advertisement bill boards in the nearby Ruaka town, which is illegal as it is not in the process of being registered and we would not approve of its registering due to its location,” Thairu said.
Resident Peter Mwai said the building where the university was setting base was once a kindergarten and later an academy.
Other residents who declined to be named said the owner of the institution is out of the country and has been claiming he is in “talking terms” with Obama.
Thairu said the commission will hunt for the owner, whom they will charge with operating an institution of higher learning illegally.
He said the penalty for the offence is Sh1 million fine or imprisonment of two years.
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