Several injured as varsity students protest

By: GEORGE SAYAGIE

Several people were on Saturday injured and property of unknown value destroyed in a violent demonstration staged by Maasai Mara university students that rocked part of Narok town.

The demo paralysed transport along Narok-Maasai Mara game reserve highway for over one hour as students barricaded the road protesting the university’s failure to set aside Sh2 million towards a cultural week event scheduled for next week among other issues.

Businesses were closed down as the rowdy students turned to looting food kiosks at nearby Total Estate and Joek travelers stop over shop.

The melee degenerated into a fight after boda boda operators and business people attempted to fight back the students making a see-saw game along the road as the two groups pelted stones at each other.

Police intervened and dispersed the angry students by firing tear gas canisters.

They also apprehended suspects, restoring order in the town.

The university student’s president Denis Ole Tarayia who spoke with the Nation, decried poor management of the institution citing perennial water shortages, lack of enough desks and infrastructure as the main reasons for the strike.

“The university must always set aside money for this students’ events where we display rich cultures from various communities, including foods and dances, to integrate students despite coming from different ethnic backgrounds,” said Mr Tarayia.

He added that the students would not relent in asking for the funds and will continue with the demonstrations until they are heard.

This comes just a few days after Masinde Muliro University was indefinitely closed after students went on a rampage on Thursday over the death of a colleague at the Kakamega Level 5 Hospital.

Efforts to reach the university administration for a comment over the matter could not bear fruit as the Deputy vice-chancellor Ms Mary Walingo was said to be out on official duties.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION