University Of Nairobi Closes, After Monday Violent Clashes

University Of Nairobi Closes, After Monday Violent Clashes.
Students had until 9am on Tuesday to leave their residence halls.


Student protests draw anti-riot police, disturbing normal functioning of one of the country's oldest institutions.

The University of Nairobi has closed following a series of violent clashes between the administration, students and police.

The top Kenyan university, with more than 84,000 people enrolled, announced that students had until 9am on Tuesday to leave their residence halls.

This meant students had less than 12 hours to move out. Many of them refused to leave until they got their fees back.

The closure follows the institution’s vice-chancellor’s decision to call anti-riot police to the campus on Thursday, when students were demonstrating for the release of an imprisoned opposition politician.

According to local media, Police officers clashed with students and dozens were injured.

On Monday there were new rounds of demonstrations, this time for the resignation of the university's vice-chancellor, Peter Mbithi.

Leaders of the Kenya Universities Student Organisation (KUSO) "condemned the brutality meted out by police" and "demanded swift investigations of the rogue officers".

More than 84,000 students attend the University of Nairobi and more than 2,000 people work there.

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