At least 17 students from the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM, and formerly Mombasa Polytechnic) will spend the weekend at the Shimo La Tewa maximum security prison after they were arrested on Friday following riots over univerisity loans and academic related grievances, their union officials said on Saturday.
Twenty students were arrainged in a Mombasa court on Friday and charged but only three managed to raise the kshs. 5000 cash bail to secure their release, Benmark Ng’ang’a, the student union president, told Baraka FM.
“The ones at Shimo La Tewa were arrested by County askaris, but those who were arrested by police were detained at Makupa police station, and later released,” Ng’ang’a said.
Police used teargas to disperse to rioting students from the institution who were protesting the delay in disbursment of their loans by the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), and on Saturday Ng’ang’a confirmed that the money was yet to be deposited in their accounts.
“Our protests will go on even next week until the money in our accounts,” he said.
He said they were in talks with the police and Mombasa County commissioner Nelson Marwa, in an attempt to have the students in custody released.
The riots were carried out by public university students countrywide, and were more pronounced in Nairobi and Mombasa.
TUM students were also protesting the non-recognition of students from their engineering department by the Engineers Board of Kenya.