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Chaos in Juja as JKUAT students protest over colleague’s murder

Rachael muriuki
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JKUAT students hold demonstrations to protest against the killing of a first year student. [Source/ Cyprian Nyakundi Escobar]

Chaos have erupted in Juja as students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) protest against the murder of a first year student.

Activities at the university were brought to a standstill as students took part in the demonstrations. Anti-riot police officers have been deployed in the area to calm the situation.

The protests were organised by the Jomo Kenyatta University Student Association (JKUSA) which had earlier sent a letter to the Juja OCPD informing him of their plan to hold peaceful demonstrations.

"This is to inform you that we will be having a peaceful demonstration in Juja environs on Friday 8th of February 2019 as from 9am. This is due to a series of unexplained killings, the most recent one having occurred on 7th at Seagull Hotel at 7pm," read the letter.

The students have raised concerns over the increased cases of murder witnessed near the campus, and now want the government to intervene in a bid to avert such incidents.

This comes after a first year student was stabbed to death on Thursday at around 7pm.

It is said that the student was taking a walk with a friend near Seagull Hotel when they were accosted by a gang of thieves who demanded they surrender their money and mobile phones.

The student is reported to have declined to surrender her belongings before she was stabbed in the neck.

She was taken the JKUAT hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

In May, last year, a male student was stabbed to death after he was accosted by thugs between Skyline apartment and the Coca-Cola depot while coming from a meet up with his friends in Nairobi.

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