The Vice Chancellor of Dedan Kimathi University has closed the main campus in Nyeri indefinitely following student riots over fee increment. Professor Kioni, who sent a memo to all students on Friday (March 10), stated that Senate had suspended all lectures after learning was disrupted Thursday afternoon.
“All the students should therefore vacate the main campus immediately and not later than 1.00pm today July 15, ” the University VC said. “Further communication will follow”
A group of university students took to the streets in protest, picketing outside their school and blocking a nearby road. The police officers responded by releasing teargas into the air. Though only a few people were arrested throughout this eventful day at UoN, all entrances are still manned by law enforcement officials so that no one can escape from campus grounds without permission- not even professors or staff members who may be trying to come back home after work hours (such as those working late shifts).
The students at KNH campus have vowed to take their protest on the streets. They are protesting against a recent fee hike and other changes in policies that would affect them negatively. The university administration has said this will not apply for already admitted students, only new ones seeking admission from now onwards.
The agitated protesters of KNH Campus had issued an ultimatum to compel the UoN Vice-Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama against implementing any restructuring efforts or fees in order to ensure it does not hinder future engagements with these institutions requesting admissions as well as those intending further study under its umbrella who hail from parts outside Nairobi County such as Thika Town Councils