In Summary
  • The institution's council announced that students would return from February 17 to 19 but their leaders have asked them to remain at home.
  • Joseph Mbaka, chairperson of the Kisumu National Polytechnic Students Association (Kinaposa), said the move was ill-advised and showed the administration had downplayed their woes.

The reopening of Kisumu National Polytechnic, which was closed last Tuesday after students rioted, is in limbo.

The institution's council announced that students would return from February 17 to 19 but their leaders have asked them to remain at home.

Joseph Mbaka, chairperson of the Kisumu National Polytechnic Students Association (Kinaposa), protested against the reopening in a letter seen by the Nation.

“The administration has refused to give audience to the student leadership. We urge all students to reject the dates issued by the principal and wait for official communication from the students' union,” Mr Mbaka said.

He said the move was ill-advised and showed the administration had downplayed their woes.

KEY ISSUES

The demonstration led to the arrest of five students by police who hurled tear gas canisters and chased after them in efforts to disperse them.

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