Mombasa Leaders condemn students riots and destruction of properties

Mombasa Leaders condemn students riots and destruction of properties

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Governor Joho and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir at the scene of incident.

Mombasa Leaders led by the county Governor Hassan Ali Joho condemned  early Monday rampage done by  students of Technical University of Mombasa TUM .

Accompanied by Mvita MP. AbdulSwamad Nassir together with other county officials  during a visit at the scene where two county garbage trucks were burnt down by students during riots, Governor Joho  asked students to show exemplary discipline so that other people may emulate them “but we are so disappointed”,

Two garbage trucks burnt to ashes by rioters on Monday
Two garbage trucks burnt to ashes by rioters on Monday

“The trucks are new and they were brought here to help the community and the students themselves to have a clean environment and destroying them is wrong”

The Monday morning  rampage left properties worth thousands of shillings destroyed and several students left injured  during running battles between then and the police and County Government askaris.

Red Cross team treating a number of students injured during  the riot
Red Cross team treating a number of students injured during the riot

The institution administration later ordered for its indefinite closure.

The students were protesting against new college fees allegedly introduced by the institution without consulting them.

Students leaving the University compound after it was closed following riots
Students leaving the University compound after it was closed following riots

“We can’t allow the administration to continue stepping on the rights of comrades, enough is enough. How do they just decide to increase the school fees without consulting the student Organization which is mandate to deliberate on behalf of the students” said Hillary Nyang’or , Secretary Student Organization.

He added “This has to stop, we have issues concerning supplementary exams, deregistration as well as discontinuation of students which is done without due process being followed”

The University Vice Chancellor Prof Josphat Mwatela however denied that fees had been increased.

Prof Mwatela confirmed that the only money added was for the academic trips students are undertaking in various departments “and this had been agreed upon by both Students leadership and the administration.”

The institution will remain closed till further notice.

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