Kenya: 15 arrested over varsity riot, pupil caned to death


Gathungo Primary School head teacher Joseph Karume displays a cane that was used by a teacher to punish pupils in Kieni, Nyeri County, on January 21, 2016.

Fifteen Kenyan university students have been arrested following a violent strike.

According to Daily Nation, the students of Laikipia University students on Thursday took to the streets of Nyahururu town protesting a recommendation by the Commission of University Education that the town campus be closed.

The Commission had on Wednesday termed the environment in which the campus was situated as not conducive for learning prompting the students to take to the streets of Nyahururu town.

Police said that the protest was illegal and had to use tear gas to disperse the rioting students leaving scores injured.

However, the students said they had notified the police on the planned peaceful demonstration and wondered why they were forcibly dispersed.

The campus has over 1000 students who will remain stranded once the campus is closed.

Those arrested, majority of them female students, are being held at Nyahururu Police Station.

Pupil dies after being beaten

In another development, Nation also reports that an 14-year-old boy died after being caned by a teacher for coming to school late.

Kevin Kagura, a Standard Six pupil at Gathungo Primary School, in Nyeri County, died on Wednesday evening shortly after the beating.

The headteacher, Mr Joseph Kagume, told the Nation he was away, attending a meeting, when the incident happened.

He, however, admitted that the boy and four others had been caned.

“His classmates told me the pupils got nine strokes each for being late and playing in the rain,” he said.

Mr Kagume, however, said the caning could not have caused the boy’s death as he was epileptic and had fainted.

But Kevin’s father, Mr Jackson Mwarari, disputed this, saying his son had never suffered seizures or been diagnosed with epilepsy.

“My son was completely healthy. Even when he left this morning he was well,” he said.

Police says the matter was being investigated and the teacher would be charged.

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