Daystar University Rocked by Student Unrest following Management Woes

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Daystar University

There is unrest at Daystar University’s Nairobi campus as students have been locked inside the institution.

According to reports from the students on Wednesday evening, there was a failed meeting between the Senate and the student leadership to discuss an audit report on financial management.

Some of the students are trapped on the seventh floor.

A female student, who refused to reveal her name, said: “The meeting was being held on the 7th floor of the university main building when the administration called in the police with orders to beat up the students.

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“They even unleashed tear gas to students and parents who were at the meeting.”

However, neither the administration nor police could be reached on phone for comment.

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One of the students who was in the meeting called for help via their WhatsApp group: “Guys we call upon your help now. Policemen are attacking students at Daystar.”

There has been increasing unrest at the institution for a while after students demanded the resignation of Vice Chancellor Timothy Wachira over mismanagement.

On Thursday, April 5, the students boycotted classes to protest the leadership of Dr Wachira.

A communications student, for instance, decried a lack of studio and other necessary equipment to facilitate their studies.

Another said: “Many programmes lack adequate facilities yet the university has sunk Sh40 million into the establishment of a law school, which to date, has not admitted a single student.”

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