10 students arrested in demo over Helb loans

At least 10 students were arrested and taken to Central police station amid running battles with police in a demonstration over delayed Helb loans on Tuesday.

Police used tear gas to disperse the students, who stepped on ‘Kidero grass’ and harassed motorists in a march Uhuru Highway in the Nairobi CBD.

“We want our money! Comrades-power,” they chanted as they marched to Treasury offices, causing traffic and forcing motorists to use alternative routes.

“Helb has to give us what is ours. We cannot keep on begging as if we will not repay the money in future,” a protester said.

The students had said they would spend Tuesday night at the Helb’s Anniversary Tower headquarters if their accounts are not credited.

Sonu chairman Babu Owino noted that they have yet to settle for their studies as they have fee arrears.

Via Twitter on Monday, he said the loans are not grants, and added; “Our demonstrations will not stop until everyone’s bank account is credited.”

University students across the country have held several demonstrations over the disbursement of the loans in the past.