Murang’a University students protest over death of colleague

Friday October 13 2017

A map of Murang'a University College. The

A map of Murang'a University College. The university's students demonstrated on October 13, 2017 after their colleague was knocked down by a vehicle. GRAPHIC | GOOGLE MAPS 

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Murang’a University College students on Friday held protests after their colleague was knocked down by a speeding car and died.

The students barricaded roads in Murang’a town accusing the police of slow investigations.

Police had to use teargas to disperse them as they approached the county commissioner’s office.

The students said the vehicle that knocked the student had been identified but no arrests have been made.

They alleged that their plea for bumps to be erected to slow down speeding motorists have not been addressed.

“We want to know why the police have not arrested any culprit in relation to the death of the student and why the relevant department has failed to erect bumps near the university,” Mr Henry Mwangangi, the student union leader said.

They also decried increase of theft in their hostels saying nothing has been to end the vice.

“The investigating officers take our concerns for granted, that is why we want to engage them one on one,” Mr Mwangangi said warning that they would demonstrate daily if their grievances are not addressed.

Traders closed their shops as the students demonstrated.


Murang’a County Commander Naomi Ichami said the students to avoid destruction of property.

She said the students had not notified the police that they intended to hold demonstrations in the town.

She said police are investigating the crash incident saying preliminary investigations show the driver lost control of the vehicle after a tyre burst.

Ms Ichami said the students had not reported theft cases, saying they only received one case where a suspect was arrested and charged.