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Pokot students demostrate over bursaries

30 May 2012, 16:33 Joy Monday

180 University students from Pokot County have protested against biased distribution of bursary funds by the local Constituency Development Fund CDF committees, a claim dismissed by the management.

Over 48 students will drop out of college in June due to financials problem, according to the Pokot University Students Association PUSA chairman Leonard Ngiroh Limareng.

During a demonstration in Makutano town in Kapenguria, the students accused the Kapenguria, Sigor and Kacheliba CDF committees of exhibiting discrimination in the allocation of the bursaries to students in local universities.

The students claimed that committees allocated more money to students related to them and political confidants to the sitting Members of Parliament MPs.

“We are unhappy by the way the bursary is alloacted. There is no transparency in the distribution. We want the government to intervene to ensure fair allocation,’ alleged Mr. Solomon Tulel the PUSA secretary.

The students drawn from Moi and Kenyatta universities alleged that some of their colleagues favoured by the committees were allocated between KES 60,000 and KES 80,000.

“We want equitable distribution of the bursaries. Why should students be favoured when some of us are denied the opportunity? Must we support politicians to get the bursary?" The students posed.

Police arrived and dispersed them amid protests from the students and local leaders supporting them like Samuel Moroto who discouraged the committee from favouritism and urged for fairness in the bursary distribution.

Julius Malengi, the Kapenguria CDF project manager refuted the accusations by the students accusing them of acting for some senior politicians in the area out to undermine the current leadership.

Malengi denied existence of bias in the bursary distribution and challenged the students to prove their allegations.

“The students are playing cheap politics and are being used by some politicians fighting the sitting MPs. There is fairness in the distribution and we allocate more to deserving cases such as the orphans,’ said Malengi.

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