Varsity students rally behind Ruto on contentious housing levy

KUSO-President-Antony-Manyara-(centre)-flanked-by-other-Union-officials-addressing-the-media-in Nairobi in this-2nd-October-2020

University students have rallied behind President William Ruto’s contentious housing levy saying this will be a game-changer in addressing college hostel crisis.

Through their umbrella body of Kenya Universities Student Organization (KUSO), the learners  said  they were in full support of the Affordable Housing Programme (AHP) as most students were exposed to great suffering due to lack of sufficient and quality accomodation during their studies.

Through a statement released and signed this morning by KUSO President Antony Manyara, the students added that only 16 per cent of students admitted to higher learning institutions got accommodation managed by the institutions leaving thousands living in indecent houses.

Manyara as a result of inadequate housing, most desperate students resorted to renting houses in dingy places such as slums thus exposing themselves to insecurity and other poor living conditions. He said the Government plan was welcome as this will cure this nagging problem in the universities.

According to Manyara, while promises of 2021 dissolved into thin air, the strides made in 2023 towards inclusive student housing in the national plan offer a glimmer of hope and that advertisements promising shelter to near 70,000 students signify a welcome shift.

Manyara, who is also the President of the East African Students Union (EASU) lauded Ruto for embracing a visionary agenda to remedy the housing crisis plaguing the country  asserting that politics should not be allowed to derail an otherwise game-changing idea as in the housing levy.

By Roy Hezron

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