A team from the Kenya National Commission of Human Rights visited the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi in his office to investigate possible violation of students’ rights during the recent riots that led to the closure of the University. The visit took place today, April, 15, 2016.
Speaking during the meeting, Mr. George Morara, the Vice-Chair, Kenya National Commission of Human Rights congratulated the University on the good rankings. Mr. Morara also engaged the Vice-Chancellor on various issues being ; students confrontation following the contested election, violence between police and students which led to injuries and subsequent treatment of students in various hospitals in the city and lastly, suspension of 217 students.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the student elections were held according to the SONU Constitution which was approved by the Senate and the elections were presided over by the Universities Electoral Commission. The elections were generally peaceful.
The pockets of violence that were witnessed were escalated after a group of Members of Parliament addressed the students within the University premises. The University administration moved with speed to close the University after getting reports that several buildings were targeted to be torched by rioting students and indeed two hostels were burnt down.
Regarding suspension, Prof. Mbithi noted that some students have been suspended following the police operation in the University hostels on Saturday, 9, 2016 where crude weapons and drugs were found in the hostels. The Vice-Chancellor assured the Human Rights Commission that investigations into the whole saga have been commenced by the Senate and soon, the University will be opened once calm has been restored.
Also present during the meeting include Mr. Wilfred Wahome, Director, Security Services and Mr. John Orindi, Director, Corporate Affairs.