JKUAT denies claims students died over missing marks

JKUAT Kisii campus graduands during their 38th graduation ceremony. [Sammy Omingo, Standard]

The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has asked police to expedite investigations into the deaths of two students at their main campus in Juja, Kiambu County.

JKUAT in a statement Thursday, June 30, dismissed claims that the two students died by suicide over “missing marks”.

“We wish to confirm that Lenny Jessy Masiga and Irene Monica Mwangi were JKUAT students pursuing Strategic Management in the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Computing respectively and that their relevant academic records are in order,” the university’s Communications officer Joan Mutua said.

According to a police report, their bodies were found in their respective hostels within Juja.

That of Monica, a fourth-year student was found dangling in the bathroom inside her apartment on Wednesday, June 29.

“A fourth-year student at JKUAT was found dangling from the bathroom door frame with a piece of cloth around her neck,” police said.

Monica was set to graduate a day earlier on June 28.

Three days before her demise, police found the body of a male student in his room.

His body was discovered by his girlfriend who had gone to visit him.