Kenyatta university (KU) students yesterday night took to the streets only a day after the retirement of their Vice chancellor, Prof Mugenda. The students were up in arms against the lack of water and electricity in the institution. The students barricaded Thika super highway and made activities to stop within the varsity premises.
Speaking to one of the student leaders who sought anonymity over the issue, Magazine Reel news desk has learnt that the administration had been on the know about lack of water and electricity but took so long to provide a solution.
Also worrying was the fact that most of the students were just about to sit for their end semester examinations and lack of electricity was the main reason they went to the streets. Some of the students who spoke to the News desk confided that problems at the modern varsity was much more than what other people were aware of.
Prof Mugenda who until last week Friday had been the Vice chancellor of the second best varsity in the country hanged her boots after holding the last senate meeting. She announced that an interim leadership will take over the leadership of the university for a maximum three months. During this period, the university council is expected to run a competitive process to select a candidate to be nominated by the cabinet secretary for education to take Prof Mugenda’s position.
The immediate former VC was forced to defend herself in court after Human rights activist Okiyah Omtata filed a case against his continued leadership even after the expiry of her two term limit. Prof Mugenda won the fight temporarily but the lid to her leadership was lifted when the Labour finally ruled that she should go on retirement and allow a due process of selection to take place.
Yesterday just before the night events, radio queen Caroline Mutoko took to her social media following to condemn the match praised leadership skills of the former Vice chancellor. Mutoko questioned Prof Mugenda’s agenda of coming up with modern infrastructure and business units instead of concentrating on research. She argued that it was wrong for the former VC to concentrate in turning KU to be a market place instead of being a learning institution, a sentiment that most of her followers endorsed.
The university administration led by the interim Vice chancellor, Prof Wainaina is yet to issue an official statement over the strike issue. It is not yet clear if the students caused damage to any private property or those belonging to the institution as has been the norm.