Dreams cut short!Varsity students hold demos over police extrajudicial killing

University students hold a demonstration in Nairobi's CBD over increased extrajudicial killings of students by police on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. /MAGDALINE SAYA

With the high raise of police extrajudicial killings, University students have held peaceful demonstrations over increased cases of their own killed by the police.

Under the umbrella of Kenya Universities Students Organisation (Kuso) led by the union chairman Anthony Manyara, they said six students were killed by police last year alone.

The latest case was that of Carilton Maina, the Leeds University student who was gunned down by police in Kibera on December 21 last year while returning home from watching a football match.

“There are accumulated cases of students shot by police officers. We no longer have faith in our courts and investigating agencies because they are taking too long to deliver justice,” Manyara said.

Image result for police extra judicial killings in kenya

He said the students have proposed a bill to initiate police reforms and ensure periodical delocalisation of police to avoid staying in the same place for long.

“We also want awards to be introduced for officers who perform exemplary every month,” the chairman said.

The varsity students also want all victims of police brutality and extrajudicial killings to be compensated and the police service be compelled to make a public apology and cater for hospital and burial expenses incurred.

They put on notice all police officers saying they should never enter any university premises in the country.

Image result for police extra judicial killings in kenya

They warned those who conduct arbitrary arrests to stop the actions.

The demo procession started at the University of Nairobi main gate through Koinange Street, Kenyatta Avenue, Uhuru Highway and ended at the Parliament Buildings.

Ipoa in late December said it will recommend criminal or disciplinary proceedings against any officers proven to have shot the university student.

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *