Teargas, running battles at Moi University as students protest


Teargas, running battles at Moi University as students protest

Moi University Main Campus was on Friday morning closed indefinitely following student unrest.

Some university officials were reportedly injured after they were caught in the melee.

“Following the students unrest at the university main campus leading to gross misconduct, destruction of property, harassment and injuring of university officers….a special meeting of the University Senate has decided to indefinitely suspend academic programs at the main campus with immediate effect,” Deputy VC Isaac Kimengi said.

Students at the Kesses-based campus were directed to vacate the premises immediately.

Students claim that there is mismanagement of university funds, insecurity and a hike in examinations fees.

Police were earlier on forced to lob teargas to disperse the striking Moi University students.

This comes barely a week after Kenyatta University was also shut down until further notice following two days of student demonstrations.

In a memo issued on Tuesday, the VC Paul K. Wainaina stated that the Senate had reached the decision “following disturbances by some students that have led to disruption of lectures and destruction of university property.”

The students lamented over the early deadline for fees payment, the administration forcefully directing students from Nyayo hostel to use a fly over within the institution among other issues.

They further accused the school administration of suspending fellow students and student leaders on “petty basis” besides charging Ksh.2500 for supplementary examinations.

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