Police officer injured by rioting university students
22 October 2014, 14:43
Nyeri - A police officer attached to Nyeri Central Police Station was hospitalized with serious injuries he sustained after being attacked by rioting university students on Wednesday.
The offocer was attacked by students of Dedan Kimathi University who went on rampage complaining that their Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ndirangu Kioni does not have the capability to run the institution.
The over 500 students engaged the officers in running battles.
The incident happened barely a few days after the reopening of the institution following its earlier closure due to students unrest about two weeks ago.
Police hurled teargas canisters to disperse the students who destroyed two buses, a van, a private vehicle and also smashed window panes of Students’ Welfare building.
They urged the government to swiftly intervene and solve the matter by vetting the Vice Chancellor on allegations of corruption and nepotism in managing the institution.
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“We are only fighting for fair management of this public facility and we demand that the government vets him to establish whether is indeed competent. Apart from judging competence from academic merit, the government should also consider leadership qualities," the students said.
They further complained over the alleged failure of the institution to spearhead certification of its nursing and engineering courses forcing them to undertake additional courses after graduation.
A fortnight ago, a group of student leaders from the institution were expelled from the school for leading the previous demonstration where the students were lamenting delayed disbursement of the High Loan’s Board’s (Helb) Funds.
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