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Punda Amechoka! University Closed Indefinitely After Comrades Went On Strike

Karatina University is one of the public universities in Kenya. It is usually located in Nyeri County, Mathira Sub-County a place called Kagochi. Karatina is among the green universities in Kenya. This institution of higher learning was founded in 2007 as a Moi University campus for central Kenya. The institution is located tentatively 15 Kilometers north of Karatina town at the foot of Mt. Kenya. Karatina University famous as KarU was chartered in 2013 where it was upgraded from Karatina University College to the current Karatina University.

Today at midday, the unexpected happened. The students had planned a peaceful demonstration to voice out their queries which turned to be chaotic. Property of unknown value was reportedly destroyed. The demonstrating comrades told Ntv that they had started a peaceful demonstration but the institution’s administration sent police officers who tear gassed them. The students went ahead to even barricade the road. 

In a letter written by the "comrades" to the comrades and the entire administration of Karatina, it stated the following:

RE: CALL FOR A PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION

In dialogue held on 30th Nov 2020 between comrades and The vice Chancellor which

deliberated to revisit the exam timetable and give a feedback on Wednesday 02 December 2020, Comrades are encouraged to attend peaceful demonstrations to be on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 1:00 pm in the graduation square hoping a positive feedback.

The following issues will be revisited;

1. Exams postponed due to.

a) Incomplete lectures.

b) Quick succession from one exam to another hence limited time for fee payment and revision.

C) Ambiguous hostel clearance penalty.

d) Insecurity around the institution

e) Transportation of Town and Itiati campus students for exams in the main campus.

This was followed by a memo issued by the Karatina University administration where all the scheduled examinations were suspended until further notice. The memo read as follows:

RE: SUSPENSION OF 2020/2021 END OF SEMESTER ONE EXAMINATIONS

The University Senate in its Special meeting held today 02/12/2020 have deliberated and resolved to postpone all Examinations that had been scheduled till further notice. All students are directed to clear from the University with immediate effect and latest Thursday 03/12/2020 by 6.00 am. Please be advised accordingly!

Below are some of the photos of the scenario: (students running for their lives as the police scattered the demonstrating crowd of students)

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