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Multimedia University students stage protest over delay in the disbursement of Helb money.

Students of Multimedia University on Tuesday morning went on a rampage to protest over what they termed as a delay in the disbursement of Helb money.

The students chanted songs as they blocked Magadi Road which is the main entry into Ongata Rongai Town, Kajiado County. 

They lit bonfires on the road even as they chanted solidarity songs alluding to their relentless push for action.

The students engaged security officers in running battles, prompting them to use teargas to disperse the crowds.

They vowed to protest until at night to force the government to act on Helb disbursement.

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The protests come after Embakasi East MP Babu Owino censured University leaders for being inconsiderate of students’ welfare.

The MP asked Student leaders to organize protests to force the government to release Helb Monies.

“Comrades are very hungry and angry at the same time. Students cannot go to class because HELB has not been released hence cannot pay fees” Owino noted.

“Students cannot buy food…cannot afford accommodation because there is no money. Students cannot get money for transport…”

Delays in the release of HELB funds have seen students, mostly from low-income households, go through untold suffering even after the government promised to release the funds on time. 

Meanwhile, current president of Kenya Universities Students Organization (KUSO), Antony Manyara had earlier said that the Higher Education Loans Board had agreed to allocate the funds this week.

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