‘Career students’ blamed as Maseno University closed

By KNA On Mon, 2 Dec, 2019 15:23 | < 1 min read
Maseno University
The closure of Maseno University won't affect planned graduation ceremony, vice-chancellor said on Monday, December 2, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

Kisumu West Police Boss, Edward Kang’ara, has cast the blame on “career students” at Maseno University after the campus was closed indefinitely on Sunday.

The university was closed down after students went on the rampage to protest over a rape incident at the campus hostels.

Students barricaded the busy Kisumu-Busia Road in protest after a gang raided one of the hostels over the weekend and raped a female student.

Maseno Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Julius Nyabundi, said that the Senate arrived at the decision to close down the institution after attempts to invite the students for dialogue failed.

The notice to close down the institution was issued on Sunday at 7 pm and affected all students who were undertaking end of semester examinations.

But Prof Nyabundi said the closure will not affect the planned graduation since graduands have already been cleared.

The VC said that students who were writing exams will allowed to complete the remaining papers when the university reopens.

In an interview with KNA, the Kisumu West police boss said a group of men stormed one of the hostels on Saturday night and raped a female student while her counterpart escaped narrowly through the next room.

He said the claims fronted by the students that the act was committed by members of the community could not be substantiated.

The growing student population in the area, he said, was in itself a security threat, adding that such cases were on the increase.

 “The number of students here is very high and some have not graduated for the last seven years, therefore, they engage in criminal activities to survive,” he said.

Kang’ara said no arrests have been made, adding that investigations were ongoing to bring the suspects to book.