Students of the University Hall, popularly called Katanga, and their counterparts of Unity Hall (Conti) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in the early hours of Sunday, clashed at the vetting of candidates for the Students Representative Council (SRC) elections.
The clash, which was characterised by the throwing of chairs and other ‘missiles’ at the Great Hall of the university, where the vetting took place, left one student injured.
It also led to damage to school property, including chairs, glass doors and flower vases.
But for the intervention of the university security and the police, who helped to restore calm to the campus, the clash would have extended beyond the Great Hall and could have been more violent.
The two halls are considered traditional rivals on the campus and, according to sources, the clash, which occurred around 2:45 a.m., resulted from a misunderstanding between supporters of two candidates vying for the SRC presidency.
The source said the confusion broke out when a member of the campaign team of the Conti Hall candidate tried to prevent supporters of the candidate from the Katanga Hall from entering the hall.
That angered the Katangees, who allegedly attacked the Conti campaign team member and beat him to pulp. There was an angry reaction from the Conti Hall campaign team, disrupting the vetting exercise.
All SRC activities suspended
As a result of the clash, the electoral committee of the university has decided to suspend the SRC elections until further notice.
Additionally, the management of KNUST has put all SRC activities on hold until further notice.