After a video emerged showing riot police force protesting University of Nairobi students to lie on the ground then proceeding to cane them, Kenyans have taken to Twitter to protest the actions by the seemingly furious law enforcers. The students were protesting the re-election of Babu Owino as the Students’ Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) chair.
Through the hashtag #SaveUoN, Kenyans On Twitter (KOT) expressed their anger by what some of them termed as the lack of “restraint” and “professionalism” by the police.
However, others supported the officers’ actions while referring to the damage caused during the riots, which included stoning of motorists and the resulting traffic jam that lasted for hours.
Here are some of the comments:
@_kimnjugush So being a student @ Uon now allows you to be terrorized by the gsu even when you are not involved in the riots??... #SaveUon
@WamaishF #SaveUON this is the epitome of inhumanity.GSU flushing out comrades from hostels and beating them
@S4Simani When you're protesting for your rights, keep in mind that business men & women are not part of the school. GSU did a good job. #SaveUoN.
@iGitz_ Don’t withhold discipline from a youth; if you beat them with a rod, they will not die. - Proverbs 23:13 #SaveUoN