Violence marred the Technical University of Mombasa students Association ( TUMSA) campaigns as they come to a close on Monday, ready for the Tuesday’s elections.
The four singled out alliances have been battling out to take control of the students Union that is also incharge of the millions of shillings contributed by the over 15,000 students pursuing different courses in the Coastal oldest institution.
One of the aspirant Hailstrom Silasia, a Media student who is under The Action Alliance ( TAA) sustained serious injuries on his head and ribs after he was attacked by suspected rivals.
Mr Silasia was rushed to the Coast Teaching and Referral Hospital in Mombasa, and was later referred to the Agha Khan private hospital, for specialised treatment.
That’s not all, another student is still nursing serious injuries after the rival political alliances battled each other last Thursday.
The Engineering student is said to have been thrown infront of an oncoming vehicle right outside the institution’s compound located at Tudor area within Mombasa Island.
Though the student was lucky enough to survive, he sustained serious injuries on his head and ribs and is currently nursing deep cuts at the Tudor Sub-County hospital, in Mombasa.
One of the TUM students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Peter Barrack strongly condemned the ugly situation that has been witnessed during the TUM Students Association elections campaigns.
“If we do not practice transparency, just, dignified and an all inclusive elections in a student’s union then we will carry the same problems to the national elections after our higher education,” noted Mr Barrack.
He challenged all parties to practice issue based election strategies and stop reckless bickering and fighting.
Among the political alliances preparing to battle for the TUMSA leadership are The Democratic Alliance led by its top presidential aspirant Stephen Tembe, The Unity Alliance led by its flag bearer Javan Mong’are, Hezron Olila Okinyi of The Liberal Alliance and The Action Alliance led by Nicolas Nzyuko.
The elections will also be conducted parallel in Kwale County based campus and Lamu County campus.
In Kwale campus, Cavin Oluoch is battling for the Governor’s post and Twalib Mohammed Twalib will be fighting for TUM Lamu campus Governorship.
Last week Thursday, all the aspirants went through vetting and some were disqualified for not fulfilling all the University Electoral Commission (UEC) requirements.
“All the UEC requirements must be fully adhered to including paying at least a half of the school fees required and have a clean academic record,” said the University Electoral Commission Chairperson Doughlas Bosire.