Police arrest 9 university students over chaos in Nairobi

Police arrest 9 university students over chaos in Nairobi

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A number of roads in the city center of Nairobi were also closed for the better part of Tuesday following demonstration by university students protesting over delay in  disbursement of  Higher Education Loans (HELB)

The demonstrations led by Universities students’ union (SONU) leaders erupted to chaos sometimes after students from Nairobi University and Technical University of Nairobi tried to force their way into the HELB headquarters  to seek audience with officials over the matter.

Protesting students stole cakes from Nairobi's Nakumatt Lifestyle supermarket during demo on Tuesday
Protesting students stole cakes from Nairobi’s Nakumatt Lifestyle supermarket during demo on Tuesday.

The SONU Chairman Babu Owino said students have waited for the loans from HELB for close to a month now without any communication on when the funds will be disbursed to them.

‘’The government body that is disturbing is the ministry of finance, therefore we move to the treasury and come this way’’ Owino said.

The demonstration extended to Mombasa where students of Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) also protested along Mombasa roads before they were dispersed by anti riot police.

Two students were arrested but later released.

Helb however called for calm among students, saying the disbursement was underway.

University students admitted through the regular programme rely on Helb loans to pay for their school fees and upkeep.

Separately Nairobi county Police commandant Japheth Koome has confirmed that the 9 suspects will be charged in court for engaging in an unlawful demonstration and destruction of property.

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