Kisii University students went on a rampage, Tuesday, pelting stones and smashing doors to protest against fee hike by the institution. The entrance to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof John Akama’s office, was vandalized among other property, during the protest which mainly involved the second year students.
Police in anti-riot gear were forced to lob tear gas canisters in an attempt to quell the chaos which left students scampering for safety under the canopy of trees to avoid arrest.
By the time of going to the press, the situation at the campus remained tense as police officers continued to engage students in running battles.
Students interviewed by KNA said they had been angered by the university’s Senate recent decision to increase fees by Sh 10, 000.
“The college management just sat somewhere and decided unilaterally to increase fees for the second year without taking into consideration the current financial constraints facing our parents,” said one of the students, Evans Mose.
Mose said the country was already hurting due to hard economic hardships occasioned by the Covid- 19 pandemic, thus the sudden spike of fees was untenable.
“We want Prof. Akama to come out clear on this pertinent issue, otherwise we have resolved to continue with the strike until further notice,” they said.
The main entrance to the University was blocked using a broken-down trailer and a vandalized sofa set to prevent entry to the university grounds, but the police used a different route.
Contacted for comment, the VCs communications office said Prof. Akama reportedly was away from office, but promised he would respond after the situation calms down.
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