Meru University main campus students protested against the increase in school fees on Monday the 16th of October. The students started planning for the strike a week earlier though when the fee structure of academic year 2017/2018 was updated.
Students of the university had warned of a strike via Facebook and Twitter though many did not believe that they’d follow through with the strike claiming that students of Meru Uni are all talk and no walk unlike UoN students.
Comrades have also said that they are unhappy with and don’t trust the SAMU (Students Association of Meru University) chairman Wangila Wabombo.
They stated on social media that they believe he was bribed by the administration to prevent and stop the strike in order to suppress students’ views. The SAMU chairman later claimed that a fake account was used to pass the message. He claims to be consulting with the administration to have a peaceful solution on the fee issue. Comrades also raised concerns that some courses offered by the institution were not certified.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Magambo has therefore issued a notice that closes the school until further notice. The Town campus and Marimba learning center (both branches of MUST) have however not been closed according to a memo posted on the University’s site.