Students Lament over Poor Security in Maseno University Hostels

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Maseno University, Campaigns Students take a lecture under a tent in Maseno University. In the background, is the New postmodern library complex still under construction. It is expected to provide more lecture halls for the students hence solving the lecture hall shortage problem.
Students take a lecture under a tent in Maseno University. In the background, is the New postmodern library complex still under construction. It is expected to provide more lecture halls for the students hence solving the lecture hall shortage problem.

By George Munyasia

Maseno University is no longer a safe place to rent a house. You may come back to find your belongings stolen or get killed by the roaming bandits who have taken advantage of the lazing Administration Police to do what they want” James Kariuki, a second year student at Siriba campus says in an interview with Magazine Reel.

Lately, many cases of robbery, rape and murder have been reported on the campus. Students have been killed and raped in their own houses with no one to rescue them. Some who by chance got away have been badly injured and they now live in fear, not sure about what to expect next. The police unit takes hours before arriving at the scene of the incident, long after the bandits are gone. This has worried the students and they no longer count on their peace keepers.

The students’ demonstration has fallen on deaf ears as innocent scholars continue suffering helplessly under the cruelty of rapists and murderers.

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“This is no longer a community issue, the government should intervene as soon as possible” Derrick Makuto, a student on the campus said.

Fed up with blunt objects, which were mainly used by the alleged Banyore clan killers, they have started storming the student hostels with loaded guns, ready to shoot at any slightest inconvenience.

Most of the robbers come for electronics, students have noted.

Some houses, most of which are not supplied with security lights, are not even guarded by a security guard. Some have a caretaker who also, for fear of their lives, vacate to their homes when night falls.

The plan of the campus administration to build more hostels in the compound will not much be of benefit as they may only absorb at most 10 percent of the students.

Medical students are not affected by insecurity threats as they have reserved vacancies in the compound. But they are not very safe because the fence is just but a barbed wire which does so little to discourage the attackers. The gate, too, lacks a standard security system.

“Mtu anaeza rukia place yoyote na aingie kwa shule, admin inafaa ifanye kitu [Anyone can sneak into our institution through any place, the administration should do something]” Diana Barongo, a college campus student advised.

Students have suggested that CCTV be installed in every plot and a 24/7 security employed to cub the intensified acts of terror. But this may take long as the ones supposed to act are not affected by this ongoing tragedy.

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