21 January 2008

Kenya: Varsity Recalls First Batch of Students

Nairobi — Moi University in Eldoret opens its doors to the first group of students Monday after the December holidays were extended due to violence over the disputed presidential election.

The re-opening comes amidst growing demand for inter-university transfers and staff exodus.

But some of the students have expressed fears over lack of accommodation outside the campus. Most students who lived in various estates and trading centres bordering the campuses, lost their property to looters or fire.

Residential areas such as Huruma, Kimumu, Beta Farm, Annex, Junction, Roadblock, Maili Nne and Cheptiret centre which housed thousands of students were plundered.

Many students will begin the semester with nothing. "I lost everything when my room at Huruma Estate was razed by arsonists while I was on holiday. I have to purchase everything I had when I joined the college," said one of the affected students.

Some have appealed to the university administration to provide them with accommodation inside the campus for security purpose.

In a related case, The University of Nairobi has postponed opening dates for some of its students until next week.

Learning in all faculties was expected to resume Monday but majority of the students will wait until next week, according to an announcement by the varsity's registrar.

Only postgraduate, biochemistry and health sciences students have been recalled. Students in other universities such as Kenyatta and Maseno are yet to reopen.

The Kenya Polytechnic and Kenya Medical Training College's main campus at the Kenyatta National Hospital will reopen alongside all its constituent colleges across the country.

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