Jaramogi University Students Protest Over Hostel Insecurity

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) students at Siaya Town Campus staged protests on Friday morning over insecurity experiences in the institution.

Students from the faculty of Agriculture barricaded the Siaya-Nyadorera to demand answers to what they termed us deteriorating security situation.

As reports claim, one event on Thursday night happened where an outsider allegedly sneaked into a hostel in the middle of the night and inappropriately touched a female student.

Speaking to the press during the protest, the said female student Faizah Juma, explained that the intruder entered her room at midnight.

According to Faizah, it was in the middle of the night when she was asleep in the campus hostel and was woken up by a man touching her hands and legs.

“I screamed and he ran into hiding. The intruder came back a few minutes later claiming that he was a security guard and I phoned a male student for help.”

The male student, Otieno Orero, who responded to the distress call revealed that he arrived together with other male students and caught the male intruder and then handed him over to the security guards.

“We woke up to find out that the suspect was freed and we are wondering whether the watchmen were in a deal with him,” Otieno said.

During this protest, it was also revealed that many students in the past had lost electronic gadgets due to a lack of adequate security.

“It appears like the university management has dumped us here. This campus has no proper fence, we have lost laptops, phones and church instruments and now people are coming to rape our ladies,” Emmanuel Ochieng, a student leader said.

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Students threatened that they may soon demand to be taken back to the main campus in Bondo where security is guaranteed.

They have also indicated that security lights around the institution often go off at 8:00 p.m. leaving the institution in deep darkness and exposing the students to thieves who target electronic devices.