JKUAT University students protest poor Police efforts to curb stabbing incidents

Police officers stand by with Teargas canisters | PHOTO COURTESY

University students in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology have taken to the streets to protest the rising cases of insecurity in the student town.

What started as a peaceful demonstration turned ugly after anti-riot police officers were called in to intervene.

Running battles, teargas and confusion rented the air, forcing businesses to close down while some opting to remain indoors as the police launched an operation to quell the protests.

The angry students lamented the rising stabbing incidents that are now synonymous with the Juja area. Thieves who prey on the students’ tech gadgets and money often resort to stabbing their victims once opposed.

Yet again in the spotlight, were bodaboda operators who have been accused of colluding with the thieves to harm the students.

It is reported that at least one case of the stabbing is reported in Juja every week, and the students claim that Juja Police were not taking necessary steps to stop the vice.

The University has since moved to close the institution until further notice.

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