, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – Fifteen students from the Nairobi Aviation College have been charged for taking part in Monday’s protest at the Nation Centre.
Charges facing them include taking part in an unlawful assembly, malicious damage to property and assault.
The students who denied the charges before Nairobi Magistrate Pamela Mugure were ordered to pay cash bails of Sh200,000 each for them to secure their release pending hearing of the case.
The 15 were arrested when students from the Nairobi Aviation College went on the rampage destroying property belonging to Nation Media Group (NMG) in the city centre.
The demonstration followed an investigative piece aired on Nation TV which exposed irregularities in admissions and possible sale of fake certificates to students.
The charge sheet read out to the 15 students stated that they wilfully and unlawfully destroyed three window glasses worth Sh40,000 of the NMG. The students are also accused of assaulting Salaton Njau, an NMG photojournalist and causing bodily harm.
One of the accused students, Edwin Isoso faced a separate charge of being armed with stones in a public place, an act likely to cause terror among members of the public.
The trial of the 15 students who will pay a total of Sh3.1 million in bail will start on April 1.
The college’s management also protested over the story, accusing NMG of malice.