STUDIES DISRUPTED

Egerton University closed after students riot

Examinations were scheduled to start tomorrow.

In Summary

• The students engaged police in running battles and caused a huge traffic snarl-up along the busy Mau Narok-Njoro Road.

• The day-long protests resulted in massive damage to property and disruption of studies

An Egerton University student during a past graduation ceremony in Njoro campus. The university has been closed due to riots.
An Egerton University student during a past graduation ceremony in Njoro campus. The university has been closed due to riots.
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Egerton University main campus in Njoro was on Wednesday closed indefinitely after students rioted. 

The students engaged police in running battles and caused a huge traffic snarl-up along the busy Mau Narok-Njoro Road.

The day-long protests resulted in massive damage to property and disruption of studies. 

Two students were arrested and remanded at the Njoro police station.

The students were protesting against the suspension of the exam card system, reopening of the university portal and mandatory deferment of students on the basis of finance non-registration.

Business at the nearby Njokerio trading centre was disrupted as traders closed their shops to avoid destruction. 

Egerton University Students Association chairperson Henry Mulyungu said the students were also angered by a decision by the management disallowing exams for those with fees arrears. 

The examinations were scheduled to start tomorrow.

 The University Senate held a crisis meeting and decided to close the campus until further notice. 

"Following the unrest by the students demanding to be allowed to sit the examinations having not cleared their fees, the University Senate has decided to close the institution until further notice," read a letter signed by the Acting Registrar, Academic Affairs Mwanarusi Said.

 Students hurriedly vacated the university amidst heavy police presence.