Maseno University students protest over insecurity
30 October 2013, 09:50
Maseno - Students at the Maseno University protested against increased incidents of insecurity at the learning institution.
The protests started on Tuesday morning after a gang of unknown individuals raped a student at the campus on the previous night.
Business came to a halt on the busy Kisumu-Busia road and the entire Maseno Township following the riots.
The students barricaded the road and engaged in looting and vandalism.
Property worth millions of shillings was destroyed and scores of people left injured from the incident including a senior police Inspector attached to the Maseno Police Station.
Locals joined forces with the police in attempt to stop the wanton destruction of property and looting by the students.
It is alleged that the villagers have been having a long standoff with the students and seized the moment to hit back.
The police fired teargas canisters in an attempt to disperse the irate students but their efforts were futile.
“The university students carried my lorry from where it was parked to the university’s main gate before setting it ablaze,” said businessman Alfred Nyongesa, who witnessed the incidents.
Nyongesa castigated the university administration for failing to address students’ grievances much to the tensions spilling over to businesses around the institution.
In a statement, the university’s Public Relations Office claimed the students went out to protest the many unresolved issues reported to the police.
– CAJ News