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Maseno students demand reinstatement of suspended comrades

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Maseno University students are demanding the reinstatement of 26 students who were suspended for taking part in an illegal demonstration last semester.

The suspended students had moved to the Kisumu High Court but the matter was referred back to the university Senate but the outcome has not been communicated.

Edgar Murunga, a third year student of education says the suspension was unwarranted and should be reversed. Murunga says the Senate has taken too long to give out the verdict and threatened that they will be forced to take further legal action.

Addressing a press conference at the Kisumu Maseno City’s University Campus, the students say they will be in solidarity with their colleagues. Another student Brian Onyango, secretary general of biomedical school and under suspension says the demonstration was authorized by the administration.

“We convinced the administration that we (students) were going to demonstrate, now they are suspending us for fighting for our rights yet they allowed us to demonstrate,” asked Onyango.

Onyango says the demonstration was as a result of infringement of the students’ rights and wondered why they were later accused of inciting other students’ to join in the demonstrations. Kisumu County Students Union secretary general Fred Makajosh says parents are the most affected by the suspension and urged the university Senate to make their recommendations known.

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