Moses Kuria influenced closure of University Of Nairobi - SONU Chairman

The Gatundu South MP is said to have been involved in the university closure after he....

During an interview with KTN on Tuesday, SONU Chairman Jamal Birkan said the legislator influenced the university's closure.

Birkan said they first got to know of the university's closure on Monday night after Kuria allegedly posted on his social media page that the institution will be shut down, hours before the move was officially communicated by the university's senate.

"We were shocked on Tuesday morning to hear the Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi announce that UoN has been closed hours after Moses Kuria talked of the same. We are now asking ourselves who is the university's Vice Chancellor. Is it Prof. Mbithi or Moses Kuria?" Birkan posed.

The University Senate on Tuesday announced the University closure with immediate effect due to the "deteriorating security situation at the institution" with students asked to vacate the halls of residence not later than 9.00am.

On Monday night, angry students at the University of Nairobi (UoN) rioted at the institution.

The students were protesting against the police brutality witnessed against them last week when they demanded for the release of their former student leader and now Embakasi East MP Babu Owino.

The enraged students chanted "Mbithi Must Go!" as they lit bonfires during the demos.

State House Road and Waiyaki Way was a no-go zone as motorists fearing for their safety stayed away from the roads.

Meanwhile, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has appealed to the over 20 students who were injured by police during demonstrations last week not to leave for their homes after the university closure.

IPOA urged the students to record statements at its Upper Hill Offices in Nairobi for investigations and action taken to the police officers found guilty of using excessive force to quell last week's demos at the university.

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