Chuka University Senate has received appeals from 36 students, who were suspended for allegedly causing chaos. The students lost a case at the High Court where they sought to have their suspension lifted.
The students moved to court after they were suspended indefinitely by the university following a riot on February 8, which saw property worth Sh16 million destroyed. Justice George Odunga sitting at the High Court in Milimani ruled that it was only the university disciplinary council which had the mandate to hear their appeals.
The judge dismissed the case, saying the students failed to follow due procedure as stipulated in the university statute.
The expulsion of the students caused a lot in jittery on social media with lead activists claiming biasness from the university administration. On Twitter, Kenyans marshaled up support for the 36 students calling on to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and have them reinstated back to the institution.
Alai one of the leading online human rights and social justice activists took to Twitter linking the list of those expelled to tribalism allegations. He said that close to 3/4 of the students were from a single tribe and 100% were traditionally zoned as those coming from CORD strong hold regions. The university is yet to respond to the said allegations though.