Technical University of Mombasa students may be forced to pay more to compensate for properties damaged during recent riots once a motion introduced before Mombasa County Assembly goes through.
The motion was introduced in the House on Wednesday by Port Reitz Ward representative Fadhili Mwalimu Makarani .
The motion came a day after Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho announced that his county government would use bursary funds allocated to the students this term to compensate for damages incurred during the
riot which show two of the county garbage trucks being burnt down to ashes.
“I introduced the motion because I am against the destruction of county garbage trucks by the students. My motion is seeking compensation or any form of penalty against the students because for the county government to acquire new trucks; it would mean we increase the taxes and we cannot do that, we cannot penalize innocent public for crime they did not commit” said Mr. Fadhili
The MCA added that “These are grown ups and they are over 18 hence must be held accountable for their actions. This will also serve as a lesson to any other group of people or institution that may have such an intention of destroying county properties in future because in Mombasa we have so many Universities and colleges.”
Meanwhile, the student’s union leaders maintained that the university students were not responsible for the burning of the trucks. “The trucks were burnt by idlers, peddlers and goofs who maximized on the opportunity to conduct such a barbaric act” The students Union Secretary General Hillary Nyang’or said in a statement sent to newsrooms.
The students went on rampage on Monday morning protesting against alleged fee increments, forcing the University administration to order for indefinite closure of the institution.