On Monday evening, students of Maseno University took to the streets in protest of the brutal murder of one of their comrades. The deceased student who was staying at Mabungo, a village outside the school is alleged to have been killed by a villager in the area of residence through an unknown circumstance.
The students rioted in retaliation barricading the Kisumu-Busia road by lighting bon fires and harassing motorists, it has also been confirmed that they killed the suspect during the protest. Kisumu County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim substantiated the incident and condemned the student’s behavior as vengeful, he said;
“Students should not harass innocent motorists who are not involved in the incident. We are sending reinforcement from Kisumu to handle the situation,”
The school’s Vice Chancellor Professor Julius Nyabundi said the situation has been contained but however denied the allegations citing that the students did not kill in retaliation but villagers within the area did the act. He added that the students are in school but still angered by the death of their associate:
“The culprit who killed the student was attacked by a crowd in the market close to the university but not necessarily students,”
This is now the second riot in a row after which the first one happened in April due to exam interruption which led to the indefinite closure of the school.
Some of the students and their sympathizers took to social media lamenting that authorities have not been providing security within the campus and its areas of residence, one accounted that the police have not even been conducting patrols.