UON student arrested following arson, vandalism

One University if Nairobi (UON) student has been arrested following the vandalism that took place at the campus on Saturday night.

The student, who is currently in police custody, will be charged with arson and malicious damage to property.

Speaking to eDaily  Nairobi county commander Japheth Koome said that investigations into the night incident are still underway, and they hope to apprehend more vandals.

“We have arrested one of the students involved in the crime, and he will be taken to court and charged with arson and malicious damage to property. Investigations are ongoing, and we hope to apprehend even more suspects,” Koome said.

UON students went on rampage late Saturday night following a school directive that banned them from cooking in their hostels.

They destroyed equipment and torched property worth millions, causing the cancellation of the NiShowPower concert.

Event organisers have condemned the vandalism, saying that they have lost thousands of shillings following the crime.

“The Society for International Development and The Institute for Social Accountability condemn the overnight arson and vandalism at the NiShowPower concert and voter registration drive last night. Like other civic organisations and prominent artists, we have lost thousands of shillings worth of property,” read a statement from the event organisers.

Speaking to the press on Sunday, Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Isaack Mbeche assured the public that the students who vandalised the property will be brought to book.

Explaining that cooking in hostels leads to blackouts, Mbeche said that the institution will not amend the directive.

“The University has slashed food prices by 25 per cent and improved on quantity and quality to discourage illegal cooking in halls. This directive will remain in place because we do not want to endanger the lives of the students,” he said.

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