RVIST closed indifinitely after Tuesday riots

Following riots that rocked The Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology in Rongai Nakuru –RVIST on Tuesday evening, the Institute has been closed indefinitely.

According to a notice, the students were required to leave the institution Wednesday morning until further notice.

Sources have it that the management arrived at the decision after students gutted a hostel wing amid protests against a raft of security reforms at the institution instituted by the Board of Directors.

Yesterday students attempting to scuttle a move by the board to implement the security measures doused a 96 bed hostel with petrol and set it ablaze.

According to the Principal Eddie Koimet, no injuries were reported as students were in classes for lectures.

He said that the riots were triggered by the introduction of a bio metric identification system for students in a bid to lock out peddlers of recreational drugs which he said had raised indiscipline among students at the college to epidemic levels.

“The Board is committed to protecting the 7,000 students at the institution from falling prey to elusive drug barons and peddlers operating in the college`s neighborhood who have in recent days been cashing in on a security system he describes as permissive” said Koimet.

He gave an assurance that the Board of management had adequately liaised with police to scale up security at the institution in a bid to avert further riots and vandalism of the college`s property.

Police are yet to make any arrests in connection with the incident.

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