Why University students called off Tuesday rally
27 October 2015, 14:46
Nairobi - The University of Nairobi Students Union SONU had planned a demonstration Tuesday in Nairobi over harassment of their comrades. It did not take place however. Why?
The planned demonstration had been organized by the students through their union SONU, which had written a letter to the Inspector General of Police saying that they have been harassed severally at the 1824 club along Lang'ata Road in Nairobi.
SONU chairman Babu Owino said that they would host a peaceful demonstration outside the club early Tuesday.
However, the club proprietors quickly moved in to avert the situation and mend fences with the students to avert the problem.
The club stated that it had apprehended the said persons who harassed the students and paid hospital bills for those who were injured by staff.
" We have agreed to end the matter mutually and have gone to the finest detail to ensure that all those involved are well taken care of and that the matter ends without more issues," the club owners said in a statement.
SONU chair Owino agreed that the matter had been solved amicably.
" We have spoken and the club has apologized as well as taken care of the costs of care for the ones injured as well as fired the said persons involved," he stated.
Owino had detailed his reasons for coming up with the demonstration.
" I hereby write to you on behalf of Students of University of Nairobi who have learnt bitterly of the continued harassment of their colleagues at the aforementioned club.
" More than a dozen students have been beaten by bouncers and staff at the club over issues that can be solved peacefully and as we speak there is one who is in critical condition at St Mary's Hospital Lang'ata," he complained.
" We cannot let this madness continue and as a result, we wish to inform you of our plans to protest from UON through Uhuru Highway to Lang'ata road. We seek your help and guidance in this matter," he added.
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