Dedan Kimathi University Nyeri was a technical institute before the government upgraded it to a constituent college of JKUAT and later a full fledged university.The land where the school is built was given by the community around the school.
For their benefit the community was to provide the students with accommodation and food.This is the reason why the university has never built hostels for the students.Thus the students live in various hostels around the school provided by the community.
There is these estate famous with students from middle class families called Nyeri view estate.The reason why these estate is in the limelight is because it is a no go zone for lone Rangers.The estate is better visited when people are in a group of two or three.
There has been various robberies that have taken place in these estate mostly targeting students who are walking alone. The thugs pose as students and once a target arrives they attack. The few students that we have interviewed have given a revelation of how they have been attacked even in broad daylight.
Take for instance Lydia (not her real name) a second year student taking food science who had gone to the estate during the afternoon hours to visit her boyfriend for a quickie after attending morning classes.When she was on her way two smartly dressed young men approached her posing as fellow students. When they caught up with her they drew a knife and ordered her to surrender her belongings and her bag.In the incident she lost a laptop and a mobile phone. The estate is located in the center of a forest so it becomes a challenge to follow up on the thugs.
In 2013 September there was an ugly incident where a robber was burnt to ashes by angry students and the community.However there are unconfirmed reports that some rogue students are part of this Syndicate that have not given peace to students.Beware as you visit your friends in the estate as it is not safe.