“Comrades Power!” Chant the Maseno University students as they take part in a strike. The riots that have seen students set a lorry on fire commenced at 4.00am this morning. A number of structures have also been set ablaze. The main causes of the strike are both insecurity and lack of sufficient accommodation. “I must say that this insecurity issue is now past repair. We must all rise up and face it in the best way possible,” states one of the students.
Students residing at Emabungo and Nyawita were attacked today at 2.00am in the morning and a number of electronics stolen. This stirred up the need for a strike among the bitter comrades. The Vice-chancellor of Maseno University, Prof. Dominic Makawiti, and the administration in general is said to pay little attention to the issue of insecurity on campus and that is why the students are calling unto them to take a step. The strike was organized by students and the Students Organization of Maseno University (SOMU) backed them up.
Policemen are at the scene and can be seen hurling tear gas and stones at the demonstrating students.
The student population in Maseno is over 8000 persons but the accommodation facilities available only have a capacity 4000 bed spaces. This has thus forced a number of students to reside outside the campus. The library too, which bears a capacity is only 300persons, is not able to cater for the whole population. The lecture halls are also insufficient as some students are forced to attend their classes in tents.
This being the 2nd strike under the leadership of Prof. Makawitti has left many comrades with a lot of questions and currently there are still debating whether they should indulge in negotiations or not. However, the riots are still going on and we will keep you updated.