Withdrawal of fines imposed on students
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The recent move by university to charge students for allegedly 'defrauding' the university is heart wrecking, to say the least.
The trumped up charges were based on the fact that the students in this case in point paid their accommodation fees in instalments, what can be said to be payments in bits as opposed to a one off payment, but either way, paid up all the required amounts before being allowed into the halls of residence.
Fast-forwad, Moi University, the landlord in this case, has a written agreement with the students, who are the tenants, which dictates that: For a student to be allowed into the rooms they so booked through the online portal and paid for, they must show proof of payment by presenting the bank receipts they used in booking, for both school and accommodation fees to their respective school accountant. The school accountant will therefore print a "green form" as a "pass" for the students to present to the housekeeper in order to be allowed into their rooms.
However, it should be noted without mistake, that there exists no Written agreement whatsoever, between the Landlord (Moi University) and the Tenants (Students) as to the manner in which the monies should be paid. This is to mean that, a student is at liberty to pay up both accommodation school fees in a one-time payment or in bits of choice as it resonates with them, with the baseline being that all the money is paid up and in time stipulated by the university.
Further, we note candidly that the booking portal system ONLY allows a student to key in details of a SINGLE receipt of payment, in order to continue in the booking process. Therefore, if a student happens to have paid up the total amount required for example using two receipts, but keys in details of a single receipt because the system is programmed to allow as such, the student is innocent of any crime and has indeed complied with the university booking and fee payment regulations.
Thus, charging students for paying required fees in instalments is indeed a crime against the students and an outright breach of agreement between the Landlord (Moi University) and the Tenants (Students) and should even attract a reparation to the affected students, at its least.
It is in this understanding therefore, that we, the Students' Activists Movement Members and bona fide students seek the IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL of any fines imposed on the falsely accused students until such a time the university shall enter into an agreement with the students to pay the accommodation and school fees in a one off payment.
We request all Students of good will, to stand up with the affected students in speaking against this outright injustice by signing this petition to our very able Vice Chancellor, Professor Kosgey.
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