Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is an institution of higher learning with serious problems.
According to reports from Twitter, students have come out to reveal a poor state of security within one of Kenya’s most prestigious campuses. The tweets that went viral under the hashtag #StopKillingJKUATStudents surfaced online after a young female student was brutally attacked and died. According to local reports, “the first year girl is said to have been stabbed to death on Thursday night at around 7.00 pm at Seagull Hotel. However, events that led to the incident still remain unclear.”
Students took to the online platform Twitter to share their opinions on the rising insecurity.
And just like that its so unfortunate that Tabitha's life was cut short in cold blood.
We never know who is next😔😔
— Optimistforever (@NixonKipkemei01) February 7, 2019
A sad evening again for the @DiscoverJKUAT @JKUATJKUSA fraternity as we sadly lose another comrade to the hands of thugs. We are tired of struggling and juggling between our studies and our lives. Peace will only prevail with justice #stopkillingJkuatStudents
— Collins Bigogo (@bigogo_collins) February 7, 2019
This SERIES of killings has to STOP. JKUAT students have become victims of high insecurity and LOW POLICE INVOLVEMENT in stopping this crimes.
GOD PROTECT JKUAT😥😥 #stopkillingJkuatStudents
— roykeen_mwenda (@roykeen_mwenda) February 7, 2019
Some students raised concerns on the poor security provided by the Administration Police as well as campus security. Poorly organized and pushing an alternate agenda, the security forces have been unable to keep the students safe in and around the institution. Students exposed the incompetence of the security forces, sharing the strategies of the cops who they alleged are a corrupt unit.
Night patrol police are busy cornering students and smelling their mouths while we're being murdered like our meagre possessions are worthier than our lives. #Stopkillingjkuatstudents
— Ken Ramah™ 🇰🇪 (@IAmKenRamah) February 7, 2019
At around 7-9pm, Several Juja P. Station Police are sent around Juja town in Pairs to collect bribes from the many BARS that operate within Juja near JKUAT.
These bars are then allowed to operate 24/7 unlawfully and harbour THIEVES and idlers.
— Kenyan without Portfolio (@itsMutwiri) February 8, 2019
The protests that were planned late in the night of 7.02.2018 were a reaction to the increased killings of students of Jomo Kenyatta University. The Juju campus has seen a rise in insecurity over the years, with many thieves targetting students in the night on their way into and out of class. Many students for their safety with the wave of crime hitting the campus.
Campus life no longer glamorous for students, hopes dimmed ambitions cut short, lives lost comrades lives are always in danger, no one cares not even the government nor the institution we're in, it's upon us in solidarity to stop this Rampant killings #stopkillingjkuatstudents
— japheth (@japheth_bor) February 7, 2019
As a digital journalist, I have covered over 4 deaths at JKUAT from October to date alone. Those stories keep me up every day. Because I am also a student and I keep wondering if I'll be next. So today I won't just write; I'll take to the streets too. #StopKillingJkuatStudents
— Ian Duncan (@KaSiPesaAuBizz_) February 8, 2019
Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Ngumi is yet to share a statement on the killing of the freshman as well as the poor state of the campus security at the time of the publishing this article.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was established in 1994 and has 6 hotels within its campus.