Egerton University students on Saturday, December 21, 2019, took to social media to decry hefty fines charged against them by the institution.
This is after the management ordered all students to pay a total of Sh16,862 to clear damages caused by demonstrations witnessed in the university in early December.
” All undergraduate students who were in Njoro Main campus for the 1st semester of the 2019/2020 academic year MUST pay a surcharge of Kes 16, 862 towards repair, replacement and restoration of damaged property at the university.” the notice read in part.
Notice to Students pic.twitter.com/8SKQeZnwcn
— Egerton University (@egertonunikenya) December 20, 2019
Through the hashtag #EgertonCartels, the students expressed their frustrations and disbelief toward the decision.
#egertonheist #EgertonCartels I doubt if you have been to a school of higher learning. Slapping with comrades with 17000 fine is absurd. These are daughters of waiguru and waititus https://t.co/2epd0xpdnl
— ombchae (@ombchae1) December 21, 2019
I went through the university damaged property, there is no way the damaged property would add up to 16862, @DCI_Kenya @ntvkenya @KTNNewsKE @ItsOngoma #egertonheist #egertoncartels pic.twitter.com/WCN1PeMCQH
— Innocent Onsongo (@NOnsongo123) December 21, 2019
How many months have the lecturers been denied payment, that even when they come for lectures they don’t lecture but rather complain to us of how it has been months since they were last paid #EgertonCartels
— Pauline Nthiga (@NthigaPauline) December 21, 2019
It time this nincompoops of egerton adminstration be exposed ,the nepotistic Vc ,goon and corrupt DVC accademics be put behind bars. Walk around Egerton and see for yourself incomplete project …where does the money go …to this people’s pockets.its shameful.#EgertonCartels
— SK (@KevinMkale) December 21, 2019
#EgertonCartels must be exposed they are the reason why we use our own money to buy foolscaps to do our CATS,they are the reason why exams bounce because of lack of booklets,they are the reason why hotels in school have been closed to force students take pathetic meals from mess
— Tulele Joę (@_its_tulele) December 21, 2019
This is what we mean when we say even we can’t have a peaceful nights when we are aware that 17k is awaiting to be paid making pockets of some few individuals bulge and us straining ourselves to death to please them#egertonheist #EgertonCartels pic.twitter.com/gtkglMPS8l
— Domnique Korir (@domniquekorir1) December 21, 2019
The institution was closed indefinitely on December 4, 2019, after students staged demonstrations in protest attempts to lockout students with school fee balances from sitting for exams.