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MP wants universities to be held liable for students' deaths

21 October 2015, 09:23

Bungoma - Endebess Member of Parliament, Robert Pukose has raised concerns over the high number of university students losing their lives in institutions of learning.

The legislator said he is alarmed by the rising statistics of university students who are getting killed at higher learning institutions whenever there is clash between learners and the police.

Dr Pukose, who spoke during the funeral of a Maseno University student who died last Tuesday at the institution after chaos broke out, said institutions should be held liable when students die at their precincts.

"Many university students have lost their lives whenever police are called in to quell students' unrest. It time university administrations are held responsible when lives are lost," he said at the emotional send-off of the deceased student, Joshua Mungai at their home in Koronga Village, Endebess constituency.

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"Most universities are negligent each time their students die and all they do is transport their bodies home. This should not be the case," Pukose told mourners who turned up at the funeral of the 18-year-old first year student.

The lawmaker expressed displeasure that no action has been taken since the student's demise and promised to seek a ministerial statement from Internal Cabinet secretary, Joseph Nkaiserry as to why no inquest has been opened to establish why the student died.

"We want justice for the late Joshua Mungai. The police officer who caused his death should be brought to book. Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) and the Independent Medical –Legal Unit (IMLU) should ensure justice is dispensed," said the MP.

Student representatives from Maseno University led by Mark Wasungu and Edgar Murunga, who spoke at the burial ceremony echoed the MP's sentiments and condemned the brutal killing of their colleague.

The institution was closed indefinitely after the confrontation between students and police. The security agents were called in to contain the learners, after they reportedly protested alleged 'interference' of students' elections by the administration.

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