60 Students From Kenya Methodist University Stranded in Tanzania

A group of students from Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) is stuck in Tanzania after their bus broke down.

The 60 students and three officials were returning from the just ended East Africa University Games in Dodoma.

According to an official who requested not to be named, the team left for Nairobi at about 10 p.m. on Friday, before their bus developed mechanical problems at around midnight.

They fear that they will have to spend a third night inside the bus at a place called Kondoa, about 150km from Tanzanian administrative capital Dodoma.

The driver is reported to have sent the damaged component back to Dodoma for repair, but it has not been brought back and the bus is still parked by the roadside two days later.

“The management has told us that we have to wait for this bus to be fixed before proceeding,” a source told Nation

He added, “We don’t know when they will be through with the repair in Dodoma and looks like we may spend another night out here in the cold.”

The students claim they have been forced to survive on one meal a day and depend on well wishers and villagers for places to take a bath.

When contacted for comment, the university’s dean of students Jeff Ikiamba dismissed it as a “non –issue”.

“This is just an in-house affair and media should not be involved. The university is taking all steps to ensure all students return home safely,” he responded.


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