Kisumu Polytechnic closed following student unrest

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The Kisumu National Polytechnic has been closed indefinitely following student unrest over alleged fee increment and mismanagement.

In a circular released by the institution,the students were directed to vacate the school premises immediately.

“Following the unrest by the students witnessed today Monday 3/2/2020, it has been decided that the institution be closed with immediate effect,” read the memo.

For the better part of the day on Monday, students were engaged in a battle with the police.The students lit bonfires and brought transport on Stadium Road to a near halt as they went on a rampage before police officers arrived on scene and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the learners.

According to Joseph Mbaka, Kisumu National Polytechnic Students Association (KINAPOSA) Chair, they were angered by the Ksh.6,000 fee increment which they said was done without consultation.

Mbaka also accused the administration of being “high-handed”, further alleging that all Mechanical Engineering students were recently suspended “for no apparent reason.”