- Daily Nation
Several Karatina University students vandalised a police car during a demonstration over deplorable living conditions at the institution.
The students are said to also have damaged property both inside and outside the university resulting in its indefinite closure on Wednesday, December 2.
The students went on the rampage to protest alleged mistreatment by the school's management and the increased cases of insecurity in the institution.
They also complained that the examination schedule was unreasonable and claimed that the university administration was not adequately addressing the issues of the students.Karatina students during a protest at the university on Wednesday, December 3, 2020.
"We have been silent when they increase school fees each and every year. We were fighting for our rights peacefully but they called the police on us," stated one of the protesters.
"We have done more than two sets of examinations in less than three weeks. We cannot do another exam at this point. We need time to revise," added another.
The students also claimed that the lecturers skipped classes yet they had been subjected to two sets of examinations in three weeks.
The police teargassed the protestors with some students claiming that they were shot at with live bullets.
They further noted that they were seeking to have the administration compelled to change its operations including reduction of school fees.
"We need our fees to be reduced. We need the VC to listen to the students. We need the rights of the students to be adhered to," he added.
Responding to the incident, police officers indicated that they had launched a manhunt on individuals behind the chaos who would be charged with destruction of property.
"They broke windows, those are the damages we found. We will contain the situation and disperse the students," stated the officer.
The students were ordered to vacate the premise by Thursday, December 3, 2020.
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