, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 28 – Students at the Kenya Polytechnic University College on Tuesday staged a demonstration paralysing traffic on the busy Haile Selassie Avenue and later Harambee Avenue and Taifa Road.
The students were protesting an increase in fees by the institution.
Motorists and passersby using the road bore the brunt of the violence as police delayed in their response to contain the chaos.
“Kenya Polytechnic is poorly managed and there is a lot of tribalism and nepotism there and we have come here so that it can be resolved quickly,” one of the protesting students said.
“The school is so shameful that it does not even have chairs. As a University institution, this is unacceptable!”
“There is unnecessary fee increment. Fees increase every night. When you wake up and go to class, you find the fee has been increased,” he added.
They are now calling for the sacking of the principle who they say has contributed to the degradation of the institution.
“Our present principal must leave the institution if there is to be any kind of change here. He has completely run it down and this should stop so that we can secure our future.”
The students crossed over their college and made their way to Harambee Avenue in attempt to march to the nearby Ministry of Education headquarters at Jogoo House to present their grievances.
However, Higher Education Minister Margaret Kamar was not there and ministry officials had a difficult time calming down the students.
Late last year, the students at the institution went on the rampage after allegations that the administration had refused to shortlist some candidates for the student elections even though they qualified to vie for the positions.