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Masinde Muliro University Closed Amid Fallout Over Fees

Following today’s protests by the students of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), we received the following information a few days ago.

Some of the events have come to pass.

Disclaimer: can’t influence long standing policy of pay-fees-for-exam, but read the below. The information shows some corruption in the management akin to ‘ng’ ombe kubwa inataka nyasi’

Hello Nyakundi,

Thanks for your continued work of helping Kenyans by exposing cartels in our society.

Now I have a story to share about Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). I joined the school at 2016 and the school as an undergraduate. I come from a humble background and unlike some other students and we’ve been trying to make the ends meet from fees to house rents.

The school is located in Kakamega town and the economy is very high due to the high population of students at the university. The university has a small number of hostels which hosts first years only and this leads to most of the students to rent hostels outside the school.

The rental are priced very highly and this makes many students to stay in cheaper houses which are many kilometres from the school. Since I joined the school there has not been any tangible projects. The buildings I found when I was in my first year are the same buildings under construction up to date despite the high amount of fees paid to the school.

Let’s say for instance, I joined as a government sponsored student and we paid a total of Ksh.39,600 plus Ksh10,000 hostel fee and this is very high according to the other universities. Since then the fees has been hiking with no formal explanation as to why the fee is hiking. The student leaders we chose have been silenced by the school.

I make this claim because, in 2016 when I was in my first year, we held protests on fee hiking without official notice but it didn’t bear fruits. Instead all the student leaders who led the protests were chased out of the school and up to date, many have not reported back to school and these are bright lives being wasted.

Student leaders that are chosen after 2016 protests are a silent lot; they fear going home, they also don’t articulate our grievances.

Now the sad story is that the school recently wrote a memo informing students that those who will not have completed fee by next week (This part is a little bit late, owing to today’s protests which have made management close the university) they will be termed to as deferred from the school and they will be discontinued. Many students try hard to pay fees before the beginning of exams so that they can be allowed to sit for exams.

The school has “Zero balance” policy for those who want to write exams. Now saying students to pay fees to be allowed to sit for lectures is inhuman. Most of the students in the campus are from very humble background and this will make them deffer.

MMUST is a very corrupt school. It charges very high fees with no developments. There has also been a lot of cases of missing marks on the students. This leads to many students failing to graduate due to mistakes from the school.

This school has a lot of rot and action should be swiftly taken to save this humble students.

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