Students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Wednesday night engaged police in a night long stone throwing battle after the University Administration ordered the University closed indefinitely.
According to a memo by the JKUSA Students Secretary General Richard Ochieng, the students were protesting the failure by the University to address a barrage of grievances that included unwarranted fee increment, rude university staff, insufficient academic and hostel facilities amongst other grievances.
The memo that was circulated to all the students and posted on to the university’s Administration Block notice board further alleged that attempts by the students’ leadership to get a solution from the University administrative Council had borne no fruits and they were therefore resorting to protests until their demands are met.
Police had to lob teargas canisters to the protesting students who had vowed to burn down graduation tents that have been hoisted at the graduation square to disrupt the 30th graduation that is scheduled to take place Friday.
The University through a Memo by Registrar of Academic Affairs Dr Elijah Muoria ordered the immediate suspension of studies and demanded that all the students vacate the university premises before 3pm Wednesday.
The development did not go down well with the students who opted to engage the security personnel in a cat and mouse game up to midnight.
Area OCPD Patricia Nasio had to call for reinforcement from the neighboring sub-Counties to tame the marauding students who had vowed to burn down the tents.
By Thursday morning over 150 students had been arrested and were going to be vetted and those found culpable would be arraigned before court.
There was however no casualties in the cat and mouse chase that lasted over eight hours.
The OCPD told KNA that they were trying to locate the students’ leaders to record statements after it appeared that there was political infiltration in their riot.
A group of students that engaged police in a stone a throwing duel were dressed in regalia similar to those donned by a section of NASA politicians and they were chanting RESIST slogans she said.
She however pointed out that they were able to tame the protests and will continue keeping vigil.
Source: Kenya News Agency