8 The start of every year is synonymous with great heat, both fiscally and atmospherically. It is during this period that Kenya experiences the peak of its summer, and temperatures under the scorching sun become unbearable. The swimming pool becomes the perfect chill-spot and an opiate from the excessive perspiration that begets many.

However, Kenyatta University students are a grumbling lot as their swimming pool remains closed for over a month now. At its entrance, a signboard indicates that the pool has been closed temporarily for cleaning, but the students are skeptical. “What cleaning goes on for five weeks?” Wondered Fawcet Simiyu, a student.

K.U is famous for its parties; bikini jamborees that take place at the pool are a favourite to many. The events, usually sponsored by 99.9 K.U FM, attract hundreds of students from nearby campuses including JKUAT, Mt. Kenya and USIU.

Its swimming pool is also said to charge the lowest rates in the country. Students can enjoy themselves in the pool for a whole day with only Sh. 20. Pauline Wanja, a professional competitive swimmer, told Varcity that she has been forced to practice at Thika, where she pays Sh. 300 to swim for an hour.

For now, it remains unclear why the administration won’t open up the pool to students as officials were unavailable for comments.