Nine students arrested over city demo

Nine university students have been arrested for taking part in violent demonstrations on city streets protesting the delayed release of student loans by the Higher Education Loans Board, writes Reuben Wanyama for Citizen Digital.

Confirming the arrests, Nairobi police boss, Japhet Koome, said the students will be arraigned in court to face charges of damage of property during the demos. Trouble started when the University of Nairobi and Technical University of Kenya students started hurling stones at police on Uhuru Highway in Nairobi. Police were forced to fire teargas canisters to disperse the irate students who were engaging police in running battles. Technical University of Kenya students also blocked Haile Selassie Avenue in their protests.

Public university students’ organisation chair, Babu Owino, has accused the board of frustrating students who have applied for Higher Education Loans Board, or HELB, loans. The protests mirror last year’s student unrest where students in most public universities went on strike to protest a delay in the release of their loans by the government.
Full report on the Citizen Digital site