Turkey is optimistic that the Kenya government will soon allow a Turkish government foundation to take over ownership of educational institutions in the country linked to Turkish exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, according to a report published by Kenyan newspaper The Standard.
Turkey wants the schools in Kenya controlled by the Gulen organization to be taken over by Maarif Educational Foundation and wrestled from the hands of US-based cleric, whom it accuses of plotting the failed coup in Turkey last year.
Among the schools linked to Gulen include Light Academy and Light International School in Nairobi, Mombasa and Malindi.
Visiting Chairperson of Turkish Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs Mr. Taha Ozhan said among his top priorities was urging Kenyan authorities to allow Turkey to take over the Gulen schools.
“We raised that issue with Kenyan authorities and they are taking steps against the Gulen organisation. We look forward to seeing results soon. Our Kenyan counterparts share the same feelings with us on the issue,” he said in an interview at the Turkish Embassy during his 4-day visit that ended Thursday.