University of Nairobi suspends 139 more students over unrest

April 13, 2016 12:30 pm
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The students were directed to collect their suspension letters from the Registrar of Student's Affairs by Friday this week/MIKE KARIUKI
The students were directed to collect their suspension letters from the Registrar of Student’s Affairs by Friday this week/MIKE KARIUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, April 13 – The University of Nairobi has suspended 139 more students who were allegedly involved in the recent strike that led to destruction of property.

The students were directed to collect their suspension letters from the Registrar of Student’s Affairs by Friday this week.

The university’s Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Mbithi indicated that the measures are part of disciplinary action he is taking against the students who led the violent protests that ended with the institution’s indefinite closure.

“The University of Nairobi has initiated disciplinary process against the following second batch of students for participating in student unrest and destruction of public property,” he stated in a statement on the University’s website.

On Tuesday, 62 students including Mike Jacobs who was seeking to replace Babu Owino as the chairman of the Students Organisation of Nairobi University were suspended.

“They are therefore required to collect their suspension letters from the Registrar, Students’ Affairs, latest by Friday, April 15, 2016. The details and particulars of the students involved can also be accessed from the University website www.uonbi.ac.ke and respective student’s email addresses,” the statement went on to indicate.

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.

According to the CS, the new orders are in line with the government’s measures being undertaken to address insecurity and prevent terror attacks.

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