Egerton University vice chancellor Prof Rose Mwonya has come out to dismiss news spreading across Social Media platforms that the campus is in turmoil following a push and pull on damage fees. The students were today engaging the police in running battles within the institution as they tried to access the institution’s compound without having paid the required damage fees of close to 17,000 shillings.
The University had slapped each student with the fine to cater for damages caused during the December 2019 strike which halted operations forcing it to close indefinitely. The students who where to report back to the institution yesterday allegedly found police vehicles and several police officers at the gate. The officers were allegedly instructed by the management of the campus to ensure that each student presents his or her damage fees receipt before being allowed in.
The current status at the university continues to stand even as the parents and guardians are still waiting for the court to give a directive on a case they filed immediately after learning of the exorbitant fees. Through the Parents Association in the country, the guardians requested the court to stop the university from collecting the said fees until the true nature of the damage is ascertained and a reasonable cost accrued. They also argued that the move might be a way the university wants to use to collect enough money to pay about 900 million shillings they owe the taxman. It has since been reported that KRA is in possession of the university title deed over the unpaid taxes.
The VC has today, noted that, students who have reported are currently taking their examinations and that there is calm. She has urged all parents and guardians to ensure that their children report back to the institution as soon as possible.
“I want to advise parents, guardians, and other students who are yet to report to ignore misinformation on social media”, notes the Vice chancellor as published on the University’s Twitter Handle.
But students have taken to the platform calling out the VC as a liar and pointing out that the university is publishing last year’s photos to delude parents that activities were normally going on within the campus based at Njoro, Nakuru County.