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Matiangi won’t lose sleep over UoN police action absent full picture

Matiangi when he met county commissioners and directors of education on exam preparedness/MUTHONI NJUKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 2 – Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi says he will only weigh in on the alleged use of excessive force by police on University of Nairobi students after receiving a comprehensive report from the Inspector General of Police.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Matiangi said the government does not condone such action and stated that tough anyone will be taken against anyone found culpable.

“We have called for a round table meeting with police chiefs, student leaders and the Vice Chancellor for Nairobi University to discuss the issue and only after receiving the report can I make a substantive statement,” said Matiangi.

“I am sick and tired of how some of us are abusing social media, I have raised doubts about some of the footage in that purposed video from the University of Nairobi but am not going to make any comment about it until I get a report from the Inspector General of Police,” said Matiangi.

There was public outcry following the release of a video where General Service Unit officers were captured allegedly attacking and injuring students at the University of Nairobi last week.

On Thursday University of Nairobi students took to the streets to demand the release of their former student leader and now Embakasi East MP Babu Owino; their destruction of property saw anti-riot police, on the invitation of the University managers, enter the university grounds and take what some viewed as heavy-handed action.

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