KNUST Management says Katanga Hall students will bear cost of repairing damaged properties
Katanga Hall students have been singled out as those who stormed the Unity Hall and caused the mayhem during a procession.
Head of University Relations at KNUST, Daniel Norris Bekoe, said “I can confirm that we are picking a lot individuals who took part in it, we have identified some of them and we are going to hand them over to the Police. Some of them came from the University of Cape Coast, Casley Hayford Hall, numbering 40.”
He added “The vehicles belonging to staff will be fixed and Katanga students will bear the cost, nine vehicles.”
Meanwhile, hall week and Student Representative Council (SRC) week celebrations at the KNUST have been suspended indefinitely.
Also, massing up of students leading up to ‘morale’ activities and procession have also been suspended indefinitely.
Random security checks of persons and vehicles entering and exiting the University campus are to be carried out.
These decision were taken by the the Executive Committee of the University on Friday August 19 following the disturbances that occurred on Thursday 18.
Calm returned to the campus of the KNUST after resident students of University Hall and Unity Hall clashed Thursday night.
It is unclear what sparked the violent clashes but reports say students of University Hall, popularly known as Katanga, embarked on a procession which ended up in the precincts of Unity Hall, popularly known as Conti(nental). The rivalry between the two halls has been age-long.
Students pelted stones at one another, resulting in vandalism of some properties including vehicles parked on campus.
Police moved in to restore calm while the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) issued a warning to any persons or group of persons harbouring intentions to embark on reprisal demonstration on campus.