Machakos University students on Thursday morning vented their frustration over the delayed Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) loan.
The incident occurrs just one month after students from Multimedia University had similarly demonstrated for the same cause.
Reports indicate that the university students took to the streets and clashed with police officers, effectively blocking roads.
Images and videos circulating on social media depicted the students igniting bonfires along the roads, leading to traffic disruptions. They marched with placards, urging the Ministry of Education to intervene and release the much awaited funds.
Normally, university students should receive Helb funding at the beginning of the semester to cover their tuition fees and living expenses. However, they asserted that this crucial financial support had not materialised.
The purpose of the Helb loan is to assist students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing their studies in public universities.
The university’s student association had previously issued an internal memo to all students, notifying them of the planned strike to present their petition to the Ministry of Education for the funds’ release.
“We are therefore calling upon all Machakos University Comrades to sacrifice your time between 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on November 2, 2023, to demonstrate our collective strength and determination to address this issue at hand,” Part of the memo read.
This incident followed closely on the heels of a similar protest by Multimedia University students in early October.
They too had resorted to lighting bonfires and blocking Magadi Road, the primary entryway into Ongata Rongai Town in Kajiado County.