There was pandemonium at Pwani University in Kilifi on Monday after students went on strike.
Police who were called in to quell the situation engaged in running battles with the students and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse them.
Videos later surfaced online showing students trying to flee from the melee and others screaming as sounds of gunshots rent the air.
In one of the videos, two men in police gear are seen roughing up some of the students who were cornered and lay on the ground.
A man’s voice is heard in the background saying: “Hii ndio matunda….mwajifanya hamsikiii nyinyi? Hii ndio matunda.”
The university has since been shut down indefinitely.
”Following the students unrest and the subsequent damage caused to university property, the university senate in its meeting held on October 14, 2019 decided that the university be closed indefinitely with immediate effect.”
The last time that Pwani University was closed over student unrest was in 2016.
Reports indicated that there had been tension after the management suspended some students over fees arrears.
They were reportedly asked to leave the school campus but declined.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance Mwakio Tole was quoted saying: “they are still hanging around and inciting…”
— Muriuki PG (@Muriuki_Vet) October 14, 2019
— Hon. Brian Nyabero Monayo (@Hon_Brayo) October 14, 2019
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