Additional reporting by HYLINE OCHARO for eDaily.
The Senate of Kisii University on Tuesday, October 18, closed the institution indefinitely following protests by students that turned chaotic Monday, October 17.
In a notice that has the Registrar Academic Affairs, Dr. Joash Kerongo, as the undersigned; and copied to the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors and respective Deans of Faculty, all students, especially those within main campus, have been ordered to vacate hostels until further notice, which will be communicated through media.
Following the Monday protests, over 30 students from Kisii University were arrested on suspicion of burning a fee collection office.
The students allegedly used a petrol bomb to set the office ablaze; and also lit bonfires along the busy Kisii-Kilgoris road, disrupting traffic for several hours.
The arrested students were arraigned in the Kisii magistrate’s court on Tuesday and charged with destruction of public and private property.
They denied the charge and were each released on a bond of KSh10, 000 and a surety of a similar amount or a cash bail of KSh5,000. The hearing was set for December 7.
Anti-riot police moved swiftly Monday and quelled the riots, which resulted in several injuries.
The students were protesting the introduction of new fee payment rules by the varsity administration that requires all students who had not cleared fees by October 15, 2015 to defer their classes until next semester. They want the university to withdraw the date set for them to clear fees before sitting exams.
The students also protested against many unresolved cases of insecurity reported to the police and university administration, saying both parties have done too little to improve security in their off campus residential areas.
The students claim that a gang has been attacking, robbing and injuring students who reside in private hostels off campus.