JOHANNESBURG, October 3 – Nairobi University closed on Tuesday morning following continued student unrest after last week’s clashes between protesting students and police that left 27 students injured, the east African university’s senate.
The university senate decided to close the institution due to security concerns, the Director of Corporate Affairs John Orindi said. “We will announce when the institution will re-open,” said Mr Orindi.
The closure came as more protests took place Tuesday morning echoing unrest across the East African country as it prepares for a rerun of August’s annulled presidential elections with tensions between the opposition and ruling parties mounting. Students had also protested on Monday night against the police invading the university last Thursday and assaulting students.
During Monday night’s rampage students blocked traffic intersections and blocked the entrance of a fire engine as it tried to reach the burning security offices which the students had set alight after accusing the security guards of failing to protect them from the police invasion. The fire engine crew requested a police escort as police fired gunshots into the air in an endeavour to disperse the students. Riot police continue to be on standby.
Meanwhile, as political unrest continues to rock Kenya, 420,000 refugees in the north of the country are facing food shortages after the United Nations food relief agency was forced to cut rations by 30 percent and appealed for $30 million in assistance.