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Cash on leash Garissa University may close if the government does not intervene.

The university, which is facing an acute financial crisis, has not paid its workers or its suppliers.

"Garissa University owes suppliers and service providers around Sh84 million," a senior university official told Nation on Sunday.

"Providers have threatened not to offer any service until the debt is paid off," he added.

The institution has not yet received a subsidy of Sh500 million from the government.

The money was used to build a library, administration block, cafeteria, laboratory and to hire more teachers.

During the last five years, the institution has been receiving Sh224 million annually instead of Sh350 million.

The construction of a perimeter wall fence to increase security of instruction has also stalled due to lack of funds.

The university, which has suffered the worst terrorist attack in the country four years ago, was awarded by President Uhuru Kenyatta in a measure that the Head of State said was to strengthen the institution.

Al-shabab militants stormed the institution that was then the constituent university of Moi University, killing 142 of its students and six security officers.

The Nation has also learned that the university is struggling to pay teachers and other staff. Teachers and other staff members of the university are paid Sh30 million annually in subsidies for economic hardship. The institution also spends Sh10 million annually on security.

When a comment was made, the vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Ahmed Osman Warfa, refused to comment on the matter.

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