Egerton students’ riots to cost Sh. 235m

Egerton students’ riots to cost Sh. 235m

Several Egerton University students were arrested Monday morning after clashing with police during a protest against the fee. Egerton University says it suffered Sh235 million damages following student unrest at its Njoro campus in December last year that led to closure of the institution.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Rose Mwonya revealed the figure while defending a Sh16,862 levy charged on each student that led to further unrest on Sunday and Monday. She said that the amount learners are paying is a result of extensive damage caused by rioting students and quantified by the university Senate which met on December 19 last year.

“All the due process including procurement, security, importation charges for the reagents, chemicals, labour, taxes, disposal of non and hazardous materials, treatment and compensation to staff and livestock were considered before arriving at the cost per student,” said Prof Mwonya.

She said the cost will be distributed evenly among all 13,953 students who were at the campus and each will pay Sh16,862 for the damages.

However, she noted that 712 students living with disability would be exempted from paying damages for the December 4 strike.

By Washington Mwange