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November 16, 2018

UoN students burn property in demo for VC Mbithi's removal

Writings for UoN Vice CHancellor peter Mbithi's removal as demanded by students during street protests on the night of May 14, 2016. Photo/WILLIAM MWANGI
Writings for UoN Vice CHancellor peter Mbithi's removal as demanded by students during street protests on the night of May 14, 2016. Photo/WILLIAM MWANGI

Hundreds of UoN students destroyed property in street protests on Saturday night for the removal of Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi.

The demonstrators who chanted 'Mbithi Must go' said the recently appointed VC has interfered with their personal lives and well-being.

“The VC has decided to make it his business what time we get into our hostels. He has even brought NYS youths to ensure no student gets into the hostels after 10pm,” one said.

Among property the students destroyed was the university mess and kitchen which they set on fire.

The students said they resorted to the destruction after their cooking and heating appliances were taken from the hostels following the institution's closure over protests.

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“We were forced to eat in the mess yet food there is expensive. When we launched formal complaints we were threatened with suspensions so we decided to complain from the streets," said another demonstrator.

“If you are found with an appliance, or even boiling water in the hostel,  you get a suspension letter. We find this very petty."

The students also destroyed equipment intended for use during the 'niShowPower' voter registration and anti-violence campaign targeting youths.

The campaign was to kick off with a free concert at the University of Nairobi’s Chancellor’s Court from 2pm to 8pm on Sunday. 

Top Kenyan artistes including Juliani, Khaligraph Jones, Octopizzo, Sarabi, and Sauti Sol had been scheduled to perform for free.

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