Kenya: Narok University College Closed Indefinitely Over Riots

NAROK university college has been closed indefinitely after students rioted. On Wednesday afternoon, second year students went on the rampage destroying furniture and broking window panes at the hostels and administration block. The riot lasted for more than five hours. The students took issue with the management’s decision to send them for a long holiday break, allegedly to pave way for the third year lot that is resuming next week.

“We have tried to engage the management several times but it has refused to listen to our grievances,” said a second year student who sought anonymity for fear of victimisation. The student said that was the main reason why they had rioted. But the Principal Prof David Serem said the college had ordered the students to go home since the college could not accommodate all the students at the same time. “We have few hostels at the university, we cannot accommodate them all at once. Some students have to go home for a long vacation to pave way for other students to learn. We decided the second year should on holiday,” said Prof. Serem.

He said the students had caused immense destruction that run into millions but, could not immediately establish the extent of the destruction. “We gave them 30 minutes to leave the university premises to avoid further confrontations and destruction because they had become unruly,” said the principal. He said the riots had disrupted ongoing end of semester examinations.

Prof Serem appealed to the local people to invest in building hostels next to the university to ease accommodation problem facing the institution. Prof Serem said the accommodation was a big challenge after the double intake was introduced by the government. “The institution has an available space that can only accommodate 2,000 students and we expect another 2,000 students this year,” said Prof Serem. He said that the locals can help them in facilitating the students with accommodation without much straining.

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