UON Closed Indefinitely Due To Student Riots
University of Nairobi was closed indefinitely on Tuesday morning and students ordered to vacate halls of residence by 9am.Relate Story:Babu Owino to face fresh charges of assault, electoral offense
The university Senate resolved to close the institution with immediate effect due to deteriorating security situation.
The development comes in the wake of last week’s protest by students.
The students had on Monday morning gone on the rampage as they protested on the invasion and assault by the police last week.
Atlast 27 students were injured on when police invaded lecture halls and hostels and clobbered them to quell riots that were ongoing. Also Read:Anti-IEBC Protests Turn Tragic Leaving One Dead In Siaya
Monday night,the students blocked sections of Mamalaka Road and State House Road before police arrived to disperse them,firing gunshots into the air.
The burnt down security offices saying the officials had failed to stop the police invasion and blocked a fire engine from reaching the site.
The fire engine crew demanded to get armed escort to access the site in vain.
More protests were Tuesday morning reported along Lower Kabete Road. Some students closed roads nearby forcing motorists to seek alternative routes.Also See:Adobe Research Fellowship Worldwide Graduate Internship Recruitment 2018
They were demanding the removal or resignation of the Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi saying he is the one who allowed and invited the police to invade institution classes and nhalls to assault and steal from them.
After the institution addressed the press conference to justify the police action, the students started chanting saying that the Vice Chancellor had to go,thus creating more unrest in the campus. The incident is being investigated.
There was tension at the institution with plans of more protests on Tuesday before the closure was announced.Anti-riot police were put on standby.Read Also:How IEBC Will Spend Sh2.4bn To End Poll Fraud
Below is the UON Corporate Affairs head John Orindi’s twitter declaration;
The University of Nairobi @uonbi Senate has closed the University with immediate effect due to the deteriorating security situation .
— James Ratemo (@KenyaCurrent) October 3, 2017
— KTN News (@KTNNews) October 3, 2017
Kenyans on twitter also had their say concerning the matter
Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi invited Mungiki in police uniform to brutalize students, joined police in denying casualties and closed University of Nairobi to avoid scrutiny.
— Nelson Havi (@NelsonHavi) October 3, 2017