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KMTC students protest to save lecturers accused of sexually harassing them

Kenya Medical Training College students in Kuria, Migori on Tuesday protested to absolve two of their lecturers against sexual harassment claims.

The lecturers are said to be facing interdiction following the ongoing investigations into their conducts, following reports of sexual harassment against students.

Led by their Campus President Wyckliffe Otieno, the students matched to office of Kuria West Deputy County Commissioner Andrew Mwiti where they expressed displeasure with the interdiction.

They claimed that the lecturers were being victimized for always lending an ear to the issues raised by the students.

“The management is trying to victimize the said lecturers for always standing with us. We are asking the management to produce the alleged students involved in the allegations because we have not heard of any case,” Otieno said.

They also decried what they termed as poor hygienic conditions at the school.

“How can we call ourselves health students when our environment speaks otherwise? We pay a lot of money yet we are forced to clean our own latrines and classrooms,” laments Otieno.

KMTC Kuria Campus students on strike. (Photo: Polycarp Owiti, LRB)

College Principal Livingstone Muyonga who was not at the school compound during the demonstrations refuted claims that any lecturer had been interdicted.

He noted that he was however aware of the sexual harassment claims, and that he has since written to the institution’s board to investigate.

“When we heard of the sexual harassment allegations, we called the alleged students and asked but we did not get any clear response, and that is why we recommended further investigations,” he said.

After presenting their grievances to the Deputy County Commissioner, the students peacefully walked back to the institution, with no injuries or damages reported.

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