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Colleague’s death sets off protest and closure at Maseno University

Third-year Maseno student Peter Njoroge was murdered earlier in the week by a resident of the town which then sparked protests in the institution. According to reports the student was involved in argument with the suspect before being found dead in his hostel. Students from the University went on a rampage in the nearby Mabungo town to seek the alleged killer. They then proceed to lynch the man in retaliation for the murder of the student. In the ensuing chaos the Kisumu-Busia highway was rendered impassable.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor soon after released a notice announcing an indefinite closure of the university. ‘Following the disturbances arising from the demise of a student last evening, and the subsequent, unrelenting student unrest since morning, the University Senate has this afternoon sat to review the situation. In view of the prevailing circumstances, Senate has resolved to close the University with immediate effect,’ the statement read in part.

40 students face the music after Kisii University protest

It seems that there is something in the water in many Kenyan universities. After being closed 2 weeks ago due to unrest in the institution brought about by the recommendation put forward by the Commission of University Education (CUE) and the Advisory Committee of the Eminent Persons (ACEP) that resulted in the shutdown of 5 Kisii University satellite campuses, 40 students have now been pinned down for participating in the protests.

The suspended students don’t seem to think the suspension is a fair sentence. In a statement to the Daily Nation one of the students expressed his concerns over the issue, “Suspension itself is one of the harshest disciplinary actions a university can give. So what other pending disciplinary actions are they talking about?”

This comes right after the announcement that students would be required to cover the Sh.14 million caused in property damage including fee arrears before reporting back to school.

3 things university students don’t need on campus

  1. New textbooks

New reading material is just so expensive in campus. They might even be as much as your tuition with some courses so instead of breaking your parents’ bank accounts look for student who have already done your same courses and get those books at second hand rates.

  1. Tablets

Technology changes super-fast and it can be hard to keep up but if you have a fully equipped laptop then the extras are unnecessary.

  1. A printer

Unless it’s a business you are actively running in school, just go to a cyber café, it’s cheaper.

 

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