Machakos University students engage police in running battles

Machakos University students on Thursday evening (May 18) engaged police in running battles after they took to the streets to protest increased insecurity in and around the university.

The irate students barricaded Machakos-Makueni road a better part of Thursday evening, paralyzing transport on the busy highway.

The students say three of their colleagues were attacked on Wednesday evening by thugs and stabbed severally, leaving them seriously injured. The three were referred to Kenyatta National Hospital, where one died.

One of the students, who spoke to eDaily in confidence, claimed the university’s administration has done nothing to improve security on and off campus.

“Insecurity in Machakos University and its environs has worsened. Comrades are killed time and again, and when we raise concern over insecurity on and off campus, the administration remains silent. Our colleagues namely Dickson, Zacchaeus and George were recently stabbed by thugs. The three were referred to Kenyatta National Hospital, but sadly Dickson died. There is nothing that the institution’s management has done, even after Dickson’s death. We are the ones begging them to write a letter to Kenyatta Hospital to request for Dickson’s postmortem,” said the student.

Another student said around seven of their colleagues have died in the course of the semester after they were attacked by gangsters.

“Within the semester we have experienced a lot of security problems. We have lost around six or seven comrades, and the administration is never bothered about the issue affecting students. That is why we took to the streets today (Thursday, May 18) to block the road,” said the student, who sought anonymity.

“We had planned to hold a peaceful demonstration but what the university’s administration did was to call the police to frustrate us. One of us was arrested in the protests,” said another student.

Calmness was restored later Thursday night (around 8pm), and students returned to their respective hostels.

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