2 days after Machakos University was indefinitely closed on 7th December after student unrest, the university has now given the reopening date.
The senate convened on Friday 9th December and resolved to open the institution on Tuesday 13th December 2022 from 8.00 am.
In a letter from the Vice-chancellor Prof. Lucy Irungu, all students are advised to report ready to write their exams as per the examination timetable.
“Further the students are advised to ensure that all exam requirements are met. Remember your personal security starts and ends with you.” The memo read in part.
“Maintenance of peace and security as well as to be vigilant in your respective areas of residence is to be taken as a personal responsibility. Exercise caution and live harmoniously with the surrounding communities.” The students were advised in the memo.
Students from the university on Monday 5th December held demonstrations after one of their colleagues died after sustaining head injuries when he was robbed in Kathemboni. A police officer was arrested for stealing from the students and a motorbike was recovered.
During the protests, another student was shot by a police officer who was also arrested. The student succumbed Wednesday Morning leading to fresh demonstrations and running battles that resulted in the closure of the university.
In the Wednesday demos, a prison officer who was stoned by the students also succumbed to injuries at Machakos Level 5 Hospital.