It is with shame that University of Nairobi suspended a blind student for allegedly being part of the rioting students. Kelvin Munywoki Kioko was among the over 200 students who received their suspension letters for allegedly leading riots that saw the university closed indefinitely a week ago.
The blind student arrived at the university on Thursday, April 14, to pick his suspension letter, but expressed his shock at how the university reached the conclusion that he was part of the group that caused chaos.
The third year student from Embu county expressed his disappointment saying,
“Up to now, I am still shocked and am not sure of what they have accused me of, but until I receive the suspension letter and see it, that is the moment I will know whether these people were fair or unfair
It also emerged that some of the admission numbers of the suspended students are the same, casting doubt on the criteria the university used to suspend the 227 students.
A spokesperson for the university, however, said that the letters drafted have indicated the charge each student is facing, claiming that it is not only those who rioted that have been suspended but also those whose rooms were found with weapons and drugs.
“Some rooms were found to have some prohibited items that students are not supposed to have within the hostels. And some of them share rooms. We suspended all of them. If you are found five of you with crude weapons in the room you are all suspended,” he said.
The University of Nairobi was closed indefinitely following student riots opposing the election of Babu Owino as SONU Chair for a fourth term.