KNUST SRC Polls: Conti, Katanga students clash

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Students of two halls at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Unity Hall, Conti and University Hall, Katanga, have vandalised some of the university’s properties after they clashed following a misunderstanding that occurred at a vetting process for the Students Representative Council, (SRC) elections, held at the Great Hall of the University  Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Security personnel at KNUST however intervened to prevent further destruction of properties..

Explaining what caused the disturbances, an eye witness told journalists that “It all started with the usual processions by the two halls in support of their various candidates from the halls to the Great Hall before the vetting starts.

“When the ‘Katangees’ arrived, there was some sort of confusion between them and the Continentals. One gentleman believed to be part of the management team of an aspirant from Conti was preventing the ‘Katangees’ from entering the Hall.

“This caused the first chaos between the two sides. ”

The witness added “……it is believed that the Continentals first threw a bottle of urine in the direction of where the ‘Katangees’ had gathered. So the ‘Katangees’ also retaliated. The exchange was followed by the destruction of chairs in the great hall,” the source mentioned.

“The fight broke, It was very bizarre. Someone even threw a machete, which is suspected to have hurt someone. There were knives and other weapons that were used to attack members of the halls involved.

“I can say there are both minor and major injuries that need urgent medical attention.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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