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Reverse Katanga Hall to its ‘Original’ Status – Ken. Aggyapong to KNUST Authorities

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The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has questioned the decision of authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to have have converted its all male hall, University hall, Katanga to a mixed one.

The legislature believes that the University wouldn’t loose anything if it converts University hall to its original state.


” I don’t think that something will change when the hall is reversed back to its original status…I mean what will we lose when we convert we convert it back to an all-male hall..?,” Hon. Agyapong queried on Adom TV on Tuesday as monitored by Successafrica.info

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on Monday was indefinitely closed down following the vandalism of both private and public properties as students took to the streets to demonstrate over what they term as an inhumane treatment meted out to their colleague students by the internal security of the University.


Background

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The Students Representative Council(SRC) of the Kwame Nkrumah in an official statement has declared “no lectures” tomorrow (Monday 22nd October, 2018) for demonstration over students brutality.

The demonstration as the news team of successafrica.info understand is to draw the attention of the University’s Chancellor, Otumfour Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, the minister of education and the president the Ghana to the plights of students.


The SRC in an official statement dated 22nd October, 2018 called for the demonstration following the brutality of students believed to be affiliates of the University Hall, Katanga.

Scores of angry parents on Saturday morning gathered outside the KNUST Police Station, demanding the release of their wards who have been detained in police custody.

The students, according to the parents were arrested Friday night by the internal security of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and handed over to the police for holding a vigil in the school.


One out of the twelve who were arrested, is suffering from life-threatening conditions after he was reportedly manhandled by the campus officials. He is receiving treatment at the KNUST Hospital.

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Affected Student battling for his life at the University’s hospital. Eleven students including an alumnus of the Katanga hall are behind cells as police begin their investigations.

But some parents who spoke to successafrica.info news team have accused authorities of the institution of intimidating and victimizing students who reside at the Unity and University halls since both halls were converted to mixed ones.

An angry parent said: “I saw some of the students and you could see visible marks. I spoke with the Commander that this is what I had seen and I do not think it is good. There is a boy who is currently on admission but for his injuries, he would have been in custody by now. They arrested and beat him”.

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“This is ridiculous, Obiri Danso, the Vice Chancellor must be sacked, why should these boys be detained, what crime have they committed?”, said a charged Alumnus who had visited the police station.


Meanwhile officials of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the police were not immediately available for comments over the development.

Suspension of “Morales”

The school had earlier served notice that it had suspended the organisation of vigils, also known as “morales in the school as a result of “several negative issues encountered recently with respect to morales in the hall.”

“Any person who flouts this directive shall receive the necessary sanctions and response,” the notice added.

Source : Ghana/Robert Kumi Adu-Gyamfi ,Successafrica.info

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