11 university students arraigned in Court over protest.

11 university students arraigned in Court over protest.

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University of Nairobi Students Protesting along Nairobi streets on Tuesday.
The suspected students from University of Nairobi and Technical University of Kenya were arraigned in a Nairobi court on Wednesday and charged with unlawful assembly.

The 11 were accussed of participating in unlawful demonstration while protesting delay of their HELB loans on Tuesday.

Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku released each on a sh.50,000 bond plus 1 surety or a cash bail of sh. 20,000.

‘There was no malicious damage and traffic was flowing smoothly during the demonstrations. The students protested because the HELB loan was delayed and this has caused them to miss one year of school. The students will have to repeat their exams. Kindly consider this since they are students who are willing to co-operate in this case,’ their lawyers  argued.

However , Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu told the court that the suspects’ conduct did not portray aspect of peaceful demonstration. ‘ They had no authority to engage in such activities.Terms for their bond should be stringent to avoid such incidences from occurring next time.” the prosecutor continued.

The suspects are Richard Ooko Boaz, Jared Ouma, Richard Oturo Barasa, Eliud Lintari Matabari, Cosmas Musyimi, Kevin Makokha Malala, Kipchumba Wilberforce Kogo, Inda Henry Young, Njoro Maxwel Kanampiu, Muchiri Kenneth, Norman Onyango.