By GRACE WEKESA
Kakamega based Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology ( MMUST) has been closed indefinitely as the strike by lecturers and non-teaching staff continued countrywide.
MMUST senate on Thursday decided to the send the students parking after holding a crisis meeting that saw the institutionâs activities paralysed as a result of the strike whose end remained unknown.
Through an internal memo signed by Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Prof Asenath Sigot, the students were required to vacate the university indefinitely.
It read in part: ââFurther to the earlier communication dated Â September 11, 2012 on the prevailing situation in the university, it has been noted that the institution is not running optimallyââ.
It continued: ââIn view of the above, it has been decided that all students proceed to a recess with effect from Thursday 13th at 12.00 noonââ.
Students residing in university hostels were ordered to vacate by 2.00pm.
Closure of the university was received coldly by the students. They immediately held a demonstration within the institutionsâ premises and in Kakamega town causing huge traffic jam.
They vowed not to go home and demanded that their rights must also be respected by the university and the government.
They carried placards that read, âThis is wasting our Â parentsâ money and our time. We shall not go home, we want to learn,ââ.
The students reiterated that they will not vacate the hostels as they deserve to stay and proceed with their studies.
They urged Higher Education minister Margaret Kamar to find a quick solution concerning the strike that they reaffirmed was affecting their academic calendar.
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