Among one of Kenya’s premier private universities, Mount Kenya University announced that it would be closing its Nairobi campus amid the political unrest on the 9th of October 2017.
The announcement by Mount Kenya University was met with many reactions online, with many supporting the move encouraging students to stay home and avoid getting involved in the politicised election reforms and the consequent demonstrations.
@dailynation reforms yes I agree but through parliament. Not by looting supas .Steven Nva
— Stephen Njoroge (@nstephennjo) October 9, 2017
The institution of higher learning is not the only one that has sent students home until the political situation achieves some sort of normalcy.However, a day later, an announcement was made via the institution’s official Twitter account recalling students back into the Thika Rd campus.
The University Senate wishes to inform all Thika Campus students to resume the according to the following schedule >>https://t.co/DdrGO1HCNO
— MountKenyaUniversity (@MountKenyaUni) October 10, 2017
The resumption of studies publicised by the university has scheduled different return dates for various departments with the School of Business and Commerce expected to return last on the 16th of October. In the memo written by the Vice Chancellor Dr. Bibianne W. Waiganjo-Aidi posted on the university’s site, students are urged to clear their tuition fees, before returning to class.
With political tensions running high, it seems that many institutions are set to close down with fears that the youth will be used to cause fracas in the city. With presidential aspirant Honorable Raila Odinga withdrawing from the presidential race, the nation faces unprecedented tension as many speculate the next course of action for the state.