Days ago, images of a burning tree circulated on the interwebs and social media. Most captions alleged that The University of Nairobi students burned a tree to protest President Obama skipping a public lecture at UoN for KU.
Obama’s plane touched down at JKIA yesterday making history as the first sitting American president to land in the country. His Sister Auma also made history yesterday when she became the first African to have boarded the President’s most guarded vehicle also referred to as the Beast.
The university of Nairobi students had promised to do the unthinkable if the most powerful man fails to go to the institution. Close to 18 students had threatened to commit suicide over the same.
In as much as a few voices clarified that the photo which was doing rounds was that of The Technical University of Kenya, the social media fire had spread too fast.
It has now been confirmed TUK students who were later on sent home had burned the tree at their Haile Selasie campus.
Police lobbed teargas to disperse the group of students from the Technical University of Kenya who were demonstrating on Haille Selasie Avenue.
The students, from the Engineering department, were demanding that the government recognises some of their core courses.
They had wanted to block Haille Selasie highway and other surrounding roads when police intervened.
There was tension at the institution since Monday when the students accused the College management of not doing enough to push for the courses recognition after reports emerged the Engineers Board of Kenya announced that some courses are nor recognized by the Board.
Babu Owino has also indicated that close to 200 students from the varsity will attend Obama’s public speech at Kasarani on Sunday. He noted that the letter was well addressed and that it made the university fraternity not to be left out in the visit.
The no nonsense UON leader also came out yesterday with a letter allegedly from President Uhuru Kenyatta inviting him to a dinner with the USA President in Statehouse later in the day. Babu said through a Facebook post that UON students are peaceful Intellects who cannot afford to harm a fly.