Outrage greets killing of Meru varsity student

Irene Githinji, Kirera Mwiti and Dorcas Mbatia @PeopleDailyKe

Four Members of Parliament have condemned the killing of a Meru University of Science and Technology student leader and demanded immediate arrest of the culprit.

Evans Njoroge was allegedly shot dead by anti-riot police on Tuesday during student protests over fee increment. Separately, the family has also demanded justice and the arrest of the officer involved, as they tried to come to terms with the loss of their son.

Some of the relatives collapsed on receiving the news as the father, Peter Njoroge Gathuri and a group of friends left for Meru where the incident occurred.

This came as the Ministry of Education constituted a team to investigate repeated cases at the university and make recommendations to deter a similar incident in future. Education Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed said the team will work with the university’s council to ensure a speedy conclusion of the investigations.

“In the meantime, the Ministry wishes to appeal to all students to respect the university’s decision that the institution remains closed as arrangements are made to recall them for resumption of studies,” said Amina.

MPs Jane Kihara (Naivasha), Martha Wangari (Gilgil), Kubai Kiringo (Igembe Central) and Dr John Mutunga (Tigania West) who spoke in Parliament termed the act as unfortunate which should not have happened in the first place.

Kiringo said justice needs to be done and wondered why the police officer, who they said is well known, has not been arrested and murder charges preferred against him. The MPs raised concern over recurrence of strikes at the institution saying the Education ministry should intervene and look into the issues students have been raising over time.

“How can the police use live bullets to disperse the students? How can they aimlessly use teargas knowing very well that students live within homes and children could be hurt?” Kiringo posed.

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