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Saturday, 26 March 2016
Moi University students on a rampage after one of them was found dead
Moi University, main campus, is currently under tension following student riots that erupted after their colleague was found dead on the morning of Friday, March 25.
TUKO.co.ke contacted a source at the institution who told us that the student arrived in his room on the evening of Thursday, March 24, with injuries which he attributed to an attack while he walked to his room.
His colleagues thought the injuries were not too serious to need medical attention and so conducted a first aid on him as he retired to bed.
The student who resides in C Houses, one of the halls of residence in the institution which are poorly gated as they neighbour the nearby village, could not wake up on Friday morning and upon inquiry, his roommates were shocked to realize he had succumbed.
This prompted the irate students to storm the university dispensary where they took a bed, carried the deceased’s body and started matching towards the Kesses police station to protest lack of security in the institution.
Police who had been alerted and arrived to collect the body were barred by the protesting students.
A confrontation ensued as police lobbed teargas canisters and allegedly used live bullets to push the rioting students back to the campus.
The police are said to have followed the students into their hostels where they lobbed more teargas canisters.
The latest comes just a day after a villager was killed by the students along the university’s academic way on suspicions that he was a thief.
The villager is said to have been arrested by police but released hours later much to the consternation of the students.
Prior to the lynching, over 11 students had injured themselves in the university when an electric fault caused panic in one of the hostels, forcing the students to jump through the windows from as far as third floor.
This is not the first time a student is dying at the university. In 2015, a female student was found brutally murdered near the university’s main stage, sparking massive riots that saw a police van torched and property destroyed.
The student, Charity Kimani, was known among many students as she was a staunch member of the Christian Union.
Here are images circulating online apparently showing how police who came to quell the riots used live bullets, something that seems to have angered the students even more.