• The students had called a Press conference to voice their support for Azimio mass protests slated for Monday, March 20.
• The Kenya Universities Students Organization (KUSO) condemned the arrest and called for the release of their members.
University student leaders who were arrested on Saturday while holding a press conference have been released.
They were all released on a police bond Saturday evening, police said.
The 56 student leaders drawn from various universities were arrested as they addressed the Media at Chester House in Nairobi.
The students had called the Press conference to voice their support for Azimio mass protests slated for Monday, March 20.
They were taken to the Central Police Station in Nairobi. Nairobi police boss Adamson Bungei claimed they had not been notified of the meeting.
The Kenya Universities Students Organization (KUSO) condemned the arrest and called for the release of their members.
In a statement on Saturday, KUSO secretariat said the arrest and detention was unlawful, saying the students have the right to freedom of expression.
KUSO said that the detained students had their rights violated.
"As an organization committed to the promotion of human rights, we condemn this act in the strongest possible terms," the statement reads in part.
The student body called on the Authorities to release the students and ensure they are not subjected to any further harassment or mistreatment.
"We also call on the government to respect the rule of law and due process, and to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their political affiliation or beliefs, are treated fairly and justly under the law."
Further, KUSO urged all parties to work towards a peaceful and constructive resolution to any differences that exist.
The body also asked them to refrain from any actions that may further escalate tensions or lead to violence.