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Students paralyze transport, riot over HELB loan delay

02 October 2014, 21:42 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Transport was paralyzed along Nyeri-Nyahururu road after students of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DKUT) barricaded along the busy highway protesting over delayed release of loans by the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).

The road was closed for more than two hours as motorists feared to pass near the students who were rioting and lighting fire.

However, police sources said the students had a permit of two hours which allowed them to demonstrate peacefully.

The students’ union chairman, George Mosi said students from other universities have received their loans and only Kimathi which was left out.

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“We are feeling discriminated by HELB management because we can not understand why they opted to leave us out. We are aware other universities led by Nairobi University received their loans after they rioted. We will continue causing disturbance and destabilizing everything until the money reflects in our accounts,” said Mosi.

He claimed that the students were not able to pay their accommodation fee or buy food due to lack of money.

He accused the HELB chief executive officer, Charles Ringera of mistreating the students by subjecting them to hard life.

“We are asking the President to get rid of Ringera because he is not performing his duties efficiently,” said Mosi while accompanied by other student leaders in a media interview.

Later the students engaged ant-riot police officers in running battles after the officers went at the school’s gate to unblock the road and disperse them.

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