More than 30 students of Kibabii University located in this town in Bungoma County in western Kenya have been arrested and the institution has been closed indefinitely after students went on a rampage over the late announcement of examination results.
The students destroyed property after setting the institution’s gate and a building on fire during the melee. The students, who also barricaded the busy Bungoma-Chwele Road at the Kibabii shopping centre, engaged police in running battles forcing the officers to lob teargas to disperse the irate youth.
The students, who had chased away security guards and lecturers before locking all the offices and smashing windows of buildings with stones, have accused the university management of not releasing their examination results in time, ahead of the university’s first graduation ceremony set for Nov 18.
They have also raised concerns over the lack of facilities at the institution and alleged harassment by the school management.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Shem Aywa said Monday that some of the issues raised by students had been addressed, and urged the students who had yet to fully pay up their tuition fees to do so to ensure they are on the list of graduands.
Business operations at the Kibabii shopping centre were disrupted as traders closed their shops for fear of the students looting their goods.
Kibabii University was given a full-fledged university charter last year by President Uhuru Kenyatta who is scheduled to attend its first graduation ceremony.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.