Babu Owino debunks claims of nationwide students strike


Kenya University Students Organisation (KUSO) Chairman Babu Owino has dispelled reports that students from different institutions across the country would storm the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) Head Office in Nairobi Tuesday, September 20, over delayed disbursement of funds.

Learners from different universities, led by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) students organisation Vice Chair, Joel Onono, said it has been four weeks since they resumed studies after August break and no HELB funds have been credited to their accounts.

Speaking during a go-slow at the JKUAT main campus, Onono said that they have given HELB administration a Monday, September 19, ultimatum to credit funds to students’ accounts, failure of which they would pool students from different varsities and storm HELB offices at the Anniversary Towers, Nairobi.

KUSO Chair Babu Owino has, however, claimed he is not aware of the planned strike.

“I have been communicating with my fellow student leaders, and I don’t remember planning any strike. However, I will follow up with them (student leaders) to reach an amicable solution before Tuesday,” Babu Owino told eDaily.

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