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Chuka University closed after students riot, burn school bus over disputed elections

A police officer watches as a bus belonging to Chuka University burns following student riots over disputed elections, February 8, 2016. Photo/DENNIS DIBONDO
A police officer watches as a bus belonging to Chuka University burns following student riots over disputed elections, February 8, 2016. Photo/DENNIS DIBONDO

Chuka University was closed on Monday following riots over disputed student union elections, that saw protesters burn the institution's bus.

The students smashed several windows at the institution and the windscreens of several other vehicles belonging to the university.

They also burned tyres on Meru-Nairobi Highway disrupting transport, engaged police in running battles for about three hours and hurled stones at journalists.

They further destroyed property of unknown value at Ndagani shopping centre in the chaos that resulted in the deployment of police officers.

Vice Chancellor Erastus Njoka said the university will remain closed as police conduct investigations to find out which students organised the riots. He said only a few of them planned the chaos.

The Star established more than 10 students were arrested and taken to Chuka police station for questioning.

Harrison Maina defeated Kenneth Waringa to be elected chairman of the students' union following the elections that were held last Tuesday.

Njoka said elected student leaders will take up their roles.

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