, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 16 – Events Manager’s Association of Kenya [EMAK] has condemned University of Nairobi students for vandalizing audio-equipment on Saturday which was set up for the US Embassy sponsored “Ni Show Power Concert’.
Chairman of the Association Kevin Ombajo says that the actions by the students made event companies suffer losses with some saying they lost equipment worth over Sh100 million.
Part of the equipment that was destroyed includes screens, the stage and sound equipment. Additionally, the Association said that the students also broke chairs and tables; stole drinks and catering equipment before lighting fire.
“Companies such as MoSound Events and Outdoor Occasions lost equipment valued at over Sh100 million. There are people who also lost their jobs as a result of the act by the students,” Ombajo said.
The students were protesting orders made by the Vice Chancellor barring them from cooking in their halls of residence.
“We hold the administration of the University solely responsible for the actions of their students and their inability to contain the said students. We are looking at various options available to us to hold the university administration solely responsible.”
The Association has therefore called onto to Inspector General of Police Wilson Boinnet and Internal Security CS Joseph Nkaissery to arrest the perpetrators of Saturday’s act.
-No one to help –
“The university security were nowhere in sight and frantic calls to the Kenya Police bore no fruit. The Police informed the hired security provider that they cannot enter the university grounds. They remained around the University way roundabout. The suppliers were only able to access the grounds from 6am the next morning, way after the looting and destruction had taken place.”
In retaliation, the Association said that it will stop any planned event at the University including its campuses until the school repays incurred damaged and proves safety of the location.
The university shall therefore not be supplied with services including and not limited to Audio-visual services, tents, chairs and décor from event organizers who are part of the Association.
And that’s not all.
The Association has also urged the business community in Nairobi to support them and to stop further business with the Varsity.
“We also urge the students of the school to pay close attention to what employers are saying about them because at this point, no one wants to hire a graduate from the University of Nairobi,” Ombajo said in conclusion.