Machakos University re-opens after indefinite closure

Students to write their exams once the varsity re-opens

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•“Further, students are advised to ensure that all exam requirements are met,” Irungu stated in the memo.

Machakos University
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Machakos University will re-open on December 13, 2022, nearly a week after its indefinite closure on December 7.

This is according to the varsity’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Lucy Irungu who had earlier announced its closure citing heightened insecurity and students unrest.


Irungu through an internal memo circulated to all the students and staff on Friday stated that the re–opening was to enable the students to write their examinations.

“Following a special meeting convened on Friday, 9th December 2022, it was resolved that the university be re–opened on Tuesday, 13th December 2022 at 8.00 am. All students are advised to report ready to write their exams as scheduled in the approved examination timetable,” the memo scene by the Star dated December 9, 2022, read in part.

“Further, students are advised to ensure that all exam requirements are met,” Irungu stated in the memo.

She added:

“Remember your personal security starts and ends with you. Maintenance of peace and security, as well as being vigilant in your respective areas of residence is to be taken as personal responsibility. Exercise caution and live harmoniously with the surrounding communities,” she stated.

Irungu wished the students a happy Jamhuri Day and success in their forthcoming examinations.

The university was last Wednesday closed over students' demonstrations.

Irungu made the announcement on Wednesday in an internal memo circulated to students and varsity staff.

The university's closure came hours after a student shot by a police officer during Monday's protests died on Wednesday morning.

"Due to the evolving insecurity situation around the university and the ongoing students' demonstrations, a special meeting convened on December 7, 2022, resolved that in the interest of the security of staff and students, the university be closed with immediate effect," the memo seen by the Star read in part.

The document dated December 7, 2022, was signed by the vice-chancellor.

"This is, therefore, to inform all students to vacate the university premises with immediate effect. Further communication will be made in due course," Irungu stated.

The university students went on a rampage for the third record time on Wednesday protesting their colleague's death.

A cop was injured during the melee.

The officer later succumbed to the injuries while undergoing medication at Machakos Level 5 hospital.

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