, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 12 – The University of Nairobi has suspended 62 students who were allegedly involved in the recent strike that led to destruction of property.
Those suspended include Mike Jacobs who was seeking to replace Babu Owino as the chairman of the Students Organisation of Nairobi University.
In an advertisement appearing in local dailies, the students were directed to collect their suspension letters from the Registrar Student’s Affairs by Friday this week.
The university’s Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Mbithi who announced the suspensions said the measures are part of disciplinary action he is taking against the students who led the violent protests that led to the institution’s indefinite closure.
Police are also investigating several other students after a raid at the university netted weapons, including blood-stained knives–an indication of participation in violence and crime in Nairobi.
Professor Mbithi on Monday announced the closure of the university will enable the management undertake remedial measures to avoid violence in the future.
“We are undertaking various measures and this closure will help up streamline issues,” he said after a meeting with Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’ i who has now directed all universities and institutions of higher learning to capture biometric data of all students within the next 120 days.
“To ensure compliance with this directive, I will require the commission to, on a monthly basis report progress on the implementation of this system by all the respective universities and colleges, without fail,” he stated as he announced that he expected to receive the first progress report on May 16.
According to the CS, the new orders are in line with the government’s measures being undertaken to address insecurity and prevent terror attacks.
“As a result of the increased insecurity and terror attacks in Kenya, the government has taken measures to secure public places through enhanced security measures including installation of metal detectors and the use of biometric registration systems among others,” Matiang’i explained.