Maseno University students demonstrate
The Maseno University students blocked Kisumu – Busia road on Thursday morning alleging that the institution’s management declined to release their examination results for the past three years.
The students questioned the rationale for withholding their results, saying this has created confusion as they kept wondering whether they qualified to proceed on with the next semesters.
However, the Vice Chancellor (VC) Maseno University, Prof. Julius Nyabundi attributed the trouble to the fact that examinations ‘clashed’ with election of student leaders set for Monday next week.
Prof. Nyabundi said there was no cause for alarm as the matter was finally sorted out between the University authorities and student leadership following a crisis meeting that took several hours today morning.
“Whenever such important events come almost at the same time, often some students who fear exams for lack of preparation always look for every excuse to have it postponed,” he stated.
The VC, who said that he was not at the station when trouble erupted, noted that a similar situation prevailed last year when they had to postpone the student elections which were then rescheduled for 2018.
When KNA visited the institution, the rowdy students jammed the road bringing traffic to a standstill with a snarl up covering more than 2Km on either side but they were not violent even though they kept demanding for their rightful results.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) Academic Affairs, Godfrey Naitondo declined to talk to the media, stating that he was not authorized unless he gets express permission from the VC to do so and left in a hurry to preside over a crisis meeting with the student leaders.
The Kisumu West Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Walter Ngaira also sought to reassure the public that the situation had been brought under control and that the authority was engaged in dialogue with the student leaders to address the problem.
By Joseph Ouma