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By By CYRUS OMBATI Updated Tuesday, May 20th 2014 at 00:00 GMT +3
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Nairobi, Kenya: Businesses were Tuesday affected as university students started their protests against the planned hiking of fees and lowering of maximum loan awarded to students by the Higher Education Loans Board.

Police are engaging the students in running battles at the UON main campus as parts of Uhuru Highway is blocked. Motorists are being diverted to use other routes.

Major businesses in Nairobi  remained closed as police engaged a section of University of Nairobi students in running battles, lobbing teargas canisters at them.

Other reports indicated seven Sonu leaders had been detained as part of efforts to contain the protests.

Major roads including University Way and Uhuru Highway were affected by the protests as police engaged the students in running battles.

In Maseno, students blocked the main Kisumu-Busia highway and stoned some motorists.

A vehicle belonging to the Standard Group had its windscreens smashed by the students in Maseno.

Similar incidents were reported in Lower and Upper Kabete Campus. In Nakuru Town, Egerton university students engaged police in running battles too to demand the release of their leaders who had been arrested.

Masinde Muliro too was affected in Kakamega Town as tension high at the Kenyatta University gate.

Tension mounted in the Central Business District, Nairobi after police said they will not allow the students to hold a procession as earlier planned.

Nairobi police said they had information the students had been infiltrated by criminals.

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