MKU students undergo mental therapy after schoolmate brutally killed


MKU students undergo mental therapy after schoolmate brutally killed

Mount Kenya University students who witnessed the brutal murder of one of them on Monday this week have been put under a guidance and counselling programme to help them overcome the trauma from the incident that occurred at one of the institution’s hostels.

This comes as police continue with a manhunt for the suspect who escaped after stabbing the Second Year female student identified as Celestine in a case of love gone sour.

According to a police report, the deceased sustained deep stabs on her chest, back, head and limbs and succumbed to the injuries on arrival at Thika Level 5 Hospital

In a statement issued on Wednesday the university’s Principal in charge of School Affairs, Peter Waweru said the affected students would be closely monitored for their wellbeing.

“All the affected students including those that witnessed the grotesque incident, have all been taken under guidance and counseling,” said Mr. Waweru.

He added that affected learners who witnessed the incident would be accommodated in the institution as they undergo counselling.

“…some of the affected students were residing outside of the main campus when the incident happened and thus the University has accorded them accommodation in the University hostel for free and for an unlimited amount of time just to closely monitor and ensure all their counseling needs are being met and observed closely,” he said.

The suspect is reported to have walked into the hostel and found his alleged lover with her friends. After a brief argument he unleashed a knife from his pocket and stabbed her several times.

It was then that they tried to scream for help but the suspect managed to flee the scene of crime leaving the victim in a pool of blood.

Last year, the university launched a new program to tackle mental health issues among its students and youth in society. The programme, under the stewardship of MKU co-founder and board member Dr. Jane Nyutu, aims to get to the root of mental health challenges blamed for a worrying surge in reported cases of violence, criminality and bizarre incidents involving young people.

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