JKUAT shut indefinitely after students protest over insecurity

Police officers disperse JKUAT student protesting over insecurity in outside the institution. (Courtesy)

The Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) has been closed indefinitely following students’ unrest on Monday morning.

In a memo released on the institution’s twitter page, JKUAT has ordered the students to vacate the campus as soon as possible.

“In a special meeting of Senate held today, 11th November 2019 at 10.00 am it was resolved that the university closes until further notice,” read the memo.

The students took to the streets to protest the rise of insecurity around the institution.

Yesterday, The Jomo Kenyatta University Students’ Association through a memo urged the students to assemble for a peaceful demonstration over their safety.

“Due to rampant cases of insecurity in Juja and total failure of the relevant authorities to protect comrades and their properties…  We call the students to show up and evoke a fundamental right of expression through a peaceful demonstration… ” read JKUSA’s memo.

The students heeded to the call and gathered outside Gate B of the institution.

Not long after the demonstrations commenced, police showed up and used teargas to scatter the crowd.

Videos making rounds online show some students engaging in running battles with the police.

In one scene students is seen hurling stones at a bodaboda rider who had to leave behind his motorcycle and flee by foot as the crowd charged at him.

Shortly after the demonstrations were quelled, the varsity’s management closed the institution until further notice.

There have been cases of robbery with violence at the university premises. As a result, some students have been stubbed and others killed by thugs.

Some of the students have accused bodaboda riders of orchestrating the robberies that have left the University’s security in limbo.

In February, a first-year student at the institution, Tabitha Muthoni, was stabbed to death on a Thursday night as she resisted thugs.

She was walking together with a friend near Segal Hotel when they were ambushed by thugs who demanded their cellphones.

After the incident, JKUAT’s management vowed to work with police to address the issue of insecurity.