One student died while 141 others were injured in a stampede sparked by an explosion in a hostel at the Kikuyu Campus of the University of Nairobi.
Daily Nation reports that of the injured, 99 were admitted, most of them at the Kenyatta National Hospital, while the others were treated and discharged.
An electricity fault in the hostel’s main supply station caused several “gunshot-like” explosions that sparked panic among students who feared that they had been attacked by gunmen.
Some of the casualties jumped from as high as the 6th floor of Kimberly Hostels in an attempt to flee from what they thought was a terrorist attack in the campus.
Prof Peter Mbithi, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi told Daily Nation that they confirmed it was not a terror attack but a “reaction by scared students who thought they were fleeing from terrorists when the power fault caused the transformer to explode”.
He said that 99 of the 141 casualties were at the Kenyatta National Hospital, where five are said to be in critical condition.
At least 54 students were taken to the Kikuyu Mission Hospital, which is near the campus and 50 of them were treated and discharged.
The male student who died had been taken to the Karen hospital together with one other critically injured colleague.
He identified the dead student as 24-year-old Francis Maina.
He is suspected to have sustained internal head injuries.
Maina was a third year Bachelor of Education student and his body is at the Chiromo mortuary.
Deputy President, William Ruto, and ODM leader, Raila Odinga, sent their condolences to the family of the victim and wished the injured a quick recovery.
This comes 10 days after four gunmen shot dead 148 people at the Garissa University College in a dawn attack that has been condemned across the world and led the Pope to speak out against the persecution of Christians.