Police on Sunday were forced to fire live bullets to disperse rioting Egerton University Students.
This is after the students engaged the police in running battles after they tried to force themselves into the institution.
Rioting Egerton University students in running battles with police after they tried to force themselves into the institution; live bullets fired to disperse them. pic.twitter.com/TQWu4R4Emf
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) January 12, 2020
Tension at the University’s Njoro main campus has been building up since Friday.
Students at Egerton University Njoro campus are exchanging battles with cops now. Tension has been building up since Friday. Now live bullets are involved. I hope y'all safe #EgertonImpunity #egertonheist #egertoncartels
— Sandra Faith (@sandra_magut) January 12, 2020
Egerton University students staged another surprise strike on Friday.
The students vowed not to pay a damage fee of Ksh 16,862 imposed by the institution following riots witnessed at the university late last year.
The school had also issued a circular compelling the students to not only pay the damage fee but also clear the school fees before any readmission was done.
1st and 4th year students who had been scheduled to report on 1st January camped outside the institution for the better part of Friday.
The university was on 4th December 2019 closed indefinitely following students unrest after a decision was made to bar those with fee arrears from sitting exams.
The decision to close down the main campus in Njoro and the Nakuru Town branch was arrived at during a senate meeting held on Wednesday.
According to a notice signed by the Registrar Academic Affairs Professor Mwanarusi Saidi, the students were expected to leave the two campuses by 2.30 pm of the same 4th December.
Earlier in that day, the students went on a rampage after the university threatened to defer students who made fee payments after the deadline.