Meru National Poly closed as riots over dead colleagues persist

Meru Poly students in the violent protests that followed the death of their colleagues in a road accident.

Meru National Polytechnic has been closed indefinitely following protracted student unrest to protest the death of their three colleagues in a road accident.

In a memo, the college management through the principal Mutembei Kigige ordered all the students to vacate the institution with immediate effect.

Students who reside in the college were also ordered to vacate the premises until further notice.

“Following the recent unrest of trainees on Thursday 14th March, 2024, the management has decided to close the polytechnic indefinitely. All the resident students are expected to clear from the institution immediately,” read the memo in part.

The closure came after chaos erupted when the students held vigil for the three deceased colleagues yesterday evening.

The candle-lighting was going on well until students started demanding for justice for their departed colleagues.

They started barricading the Meru – Nanyuki Highway before lighting bonfires, forcing the police to intervene.

Security officers lobbied teargas to disperse the rowdy students.

However, the college management allowed the students sitting their March series of examinations to remain after clearing with the examination officer.

“However, all the March series candidates will be expected to be cleared for exams by the examination officer for them to be allowed in the compound,” stated the memo.

The trio died following a tragic road accident along the Meru – Nanyuki Highway when they were hit by a speeding vehicle while they on a pleasure skating.

One of the students died on the spot while the other two succumbed to their injuries while being rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Following the incident, business at the usually busy highway came to a standstill as students staged demonstrations.


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