Eight Kisumu Polytechnic students to be charged over riot

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•According to the county commander Ranson Lolmodon, the eight will be arraigned in court on Tuesday and charged with causing a riot.

Kisumu Polytechnic students running away from police officer during their demos on Monday
Image: FAITH MATETE

Eight students were arrested on Monday following riots at Kisumu Polytechnic that paralysed learning.

On Monday, the students held demos over what they termed 'arbitrary fees increments and suspensions'.

Polytechnic officials were unavailable for comment.

According to the county commander Ranson Lolmodon, the eight will be arraigned in court on Tuesday and charged with causing a riot.

The students, through their union, had earlier last week organised a demonstration, and when they started rioting, the police were alerted by the management.

The officers ordered the students out of the compound, but some students started throwing stones at the officers, who in turn used teargas canisters to disperse the students and fired in the air to scare them away.

The students later engaged the officers in running battles outside the compound.

The students claimed that the institution had increased fees without any explanations as the whole students studying mechanical engineering were suspended for no apparent reason.

Students' association chairman Joseph Mbaka said, "Students are being suspended and suspension letters are being issued like bursary cheques. This is unacceptable."