Expelled UoN students to seek legal redress

By KBC Reporters

A section of University of Nairobi students who were expelled for taking part in recent riots at the institution have threatened to take their battle to court.

The students have questioned the criteria used to kick them out of the university and termed the decision to terminate their studies a dictatorial move that cannot go unchallenged in a court of law.

Raymond Kundi, a student at the school of medicine who was expelled for being part of those who engineered the chaos that rocked the main campus after a disputed students election said the criteria used by the university disciplinary committee to expel him is suspicious.

He claimed he was not in Nairobi during the chaos.

But as the affected students threaten to flex their muscles in court, the university has warned them to comply with the outcome of the investigations or else face further sanctions.

The University of Nairobi top management announced the expulsion of 33 students and suspension of 25 others from the institution for a period of between 2 and 3 years for taking part in riots to protest the outcome of the recent SONU elections.

The union lead contender Mike Jacobs was among those expelled over violence and destruction of property that occurred at the institution three weeks ago.

The University will re-open this Monday after it was closed following student unrest in the wake of contested SONU elections.

The first group of students to report is those in the Health Sciences pursuing Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees.

Other programmes in all the colleges and campuses that were in session at the closure of the university will resume on May 3.

The university was closed early this month after students rioted to protest the re-election of Babu Owino as the SONU chairman.

Speaking at a press briefing Friday, Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi said the university disciplinary expelled the students after it was confirmed they bore the greatest responsibility to the violence and destruction that occurred.

He warned that they will deal firmly with any students who attempt to destroy public property next time.