Chuka University students charged over riot

They torched a minibus and damaged three other vehicles.

Friday February 12 2016

Chuka University Students in court on February

Chuka University Students in court on February 12, 2016. They were charged with damaging property worth Sh11 million during a strike at the institution on February 8, 2016. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By ALEX NJERU
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Seventeen Chuka University students were charged Friday with damaging property worth Sh11 million.

The court heard that on February 8, the suspects, together with others not before the court, were involved in an unlawful assembly and thereafter torched a minibus and damaged three other vehicles belonging to the university’s Vice Chancellor Erastus Njoka.

The 16 male and one female student denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Alfred Kibiru.

They were each released on a bond of Sh100,000 with an alternative cash bail of Sh50,000.

The case will be heard on May 23.

Students at the university went on the rampage on February 8 following a disputed union election.

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