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HOSTEL AT RIFT VALLEY INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY [PHOTO/COURTESY]

College students set hostel on fire

Students at the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology on Tuesday, February 21, set ablaze a hostel in the institute, protesting a raft of security reforms introduced by the Board of Directors.

In a bid to scuttle implementation of the new security measures, the students doused a 96-bed hostel with petrol and set it on fire.

Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology Principal, Eddie Koimet, said no injuries were reported in the midnight fire as students were in classes for lectures.

Mr Koimet also told journalists at the institution that the riots were triggered by the introduction of a biometric identification system for students in a bid to lock out peddlers of hard drugs.

The institution’s head attributes escalation in cases of indiscipline by students to the abuse of hard drugs.

Mr Koimet affirmed that the Board of Directors is committed to protecting the 7,000-plus students at the institution from falling prey to elusive drug barons and peddlers operating in the college`s neighborhood, who have, in recent days, been cashing in on a security system he describes as permissive.

Mr Koimet said Nakuru County fire brigade managed to contain the inferno before it could spread to the neighboring facilities.

The principal added that the Board of Directors had adequately liaised with police to scale up security at the institution in a bid to avert further riots and vandalism of the college`s property.

Police are yet to make any arrests in connection with the incident.

Mr Koimet maintains that the Board of Directors will not relent in the collective quest to make the institution secure and a center of academic excellence.

 

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