Masinde Muliro University was on Thursday night closed indefinitely following a six-hour protest by students over the death of their colleague.

The students on Thursday morning said they had a go ahead from police to conduct a peaceful demonstration over the death of Ms Abigael Ng’asia who was a second year student at the university.

Representatives of the students, Felix Koech and Brian Amirah said all they wanted to do was to hand in a protest note to governor Wycliffe Oparanya and ask him to investigate the reported deaths of patients at the Kakamega referral hospital and take necessary action.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology students protest outside Kakamega Referral Hospital on November 19, 2015 over the death of their colleague recently at the facility.

A notice pinned on the university’s notice board at around 6pm asked the students to vacate the school. The notice signed by Dr C Onyancha, the acting registrar, academic affairs said;

“This is to inform you that due to the ongoing unrest, the University Senate has decided to close the university indefinitely. All students living at the university hostels are requested to leave by the end of today, November 19,”

Some students were stranded in Kakamega town saying that they were caught unawares by the Senate’s decision to close the institution.

However, efforts to contact the vice chancellor Prof Fredrick Otieno were fruitless as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered.

The Nation learnt that the University Senate had a meeting from late afternoon and issued notice for the closure of the University just before 7 pm.

Students complained that the decision to close the University had been hurriedly arrived at since the protests earlier in the day had largely been peaceful.

Courtesy of Daily Nation.