WATCH: University students riot after being barred from cooking in hostels
16 May 2016, 12:54
Nairobi - Kenyan university students have gone on the rampage after being denied rights to cook in their hostels.
In a report on Citizen TV, students of the University of Nairobi in the Kenyan Capital city went on the rampage Saturday evening over what they termed as harassment from the institution's leadership.
They accused Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Mbithi of dictatorship and using underhand methods to try stifle the students union and curtail basic freedoms.
In the process, they destroyed the University kitchen and dining area, as well as looted and destroyed equipment which was set to be used for a concert at the graduation square the following day.
The rioting students also stoned and stole from motorists along the nearby University Way, State House Road and Arboretum Road, all busy roads within the Kenyan capital city as they staged the protest.
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In a further report on The Standard, The students claim that they cannot afford to buy food from the University, which they say is overpriced and that the move to ban cooking in hostels is unfair.
A student quoted in the report states that the move to reduce basic freedoms will be resisted even if it means that the University closes shop.
The latest incident comes just weeks after the institution was reopened following a 5 week closure which took place after violence broke out in the aftermath of student union elections.
The Daily Nation reported that the violence was caused after reports of rigging by incumbent student leader Babu Owino surfaced.
The University of Nairobi is one of Africa's best ranked institutions of higher learning, with a recent report rating it fourth best in Africa.
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