Rising tension among students over the students’ association elections that had been slated for Friday this week has led to the indefinite closure of the Moi University main campus.
Pre-election violence among rivaling camps is the main cause of the unrest with claims that the campaign had divided students along tribal lines. This led to the University administration announcing the indefinite closure of the institution that is in Uasin Gishu County. In a communication to the students on Monday 3 pm, the institutions’ management gave students until 5 pm to vacate the university premises.
The campaigns for the elections scheduled for July 17th are said to have turned chaotic as they took political and tribal lines. A student at the institution, who identified himself as Abubakar, told Varcity that the candidates gunning for the various seat in the association were stirring up ethnic tension as they whipped up support for the different seats.
This is a worrying trend in the country’s institutions’ as students have resorted to identifying themselves along tribal lines when it comes to issues of great importance.
Previously in other top institutions students have been involved in vicious attacks against one another and it is therefore a matter of great concern that instead of students using this as a platform for democracy they in turn exhibit the same trend of ethnicity and sectarian politics that has long been demonstrated by the country’s political class.