Machakos University was Wednesday closed indefinitely and its students ordered to immediately vacate the institution following violent protests over insecurity in the town.
Students’ demos were triggered by an incident in which a student died after being stabbed by thugs who also robbed him in the outskirts of the university.
The rioting students engaged police in day-long running battles in Machakos town where they barricaded Machakos-Wote road and pelted motorists with stones.
At the same time, a police officer who was part of the contingent sent to restore order was rushed to Machakos Level 5 Hospital in critical condition after he was brutally attacked by rioting students.
According to latest reports, the officer identified as Phillip Mulandi has died.
Machakos OCPD Moss Ndiwa said that Police Constable Mulandi succumbed to his injuries at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facility.
Four students were arrested following the unrest that left the officer nursing severe injuries leading to his death.
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