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University closed indefinitely following student's death

18 November 2015, 11:03 Steve Njuguna

Nyahururu - Laikipia University's main campus in Nyahururu town has been closed indefinitely following chaos that erupted as students protested the death of a third year student.

The student died from the injuries he allegedly sustained after dropping off the school bus while returning from an academic trip.

On Tuesday, the students barricaded the Nyahururu-Rumuruti road paralyzing transport for the better part of the day as they accused the school management of negligence.

It took the efforts of police from Nyahururu police station to intervene, resulting in chaos.

The students had also lit bon fires forcing traders at the nearby Karuga trading center to close down their businesses.

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According to the students, the school management admitted the deceased was taken to the school health clinic instead of being referred to another hospital.

“He had sustained serious injuries on the head and yet they still kept him in the health facility instead of taking him to an intensive care unit. We tried to talk to the school management on the issue but they ignored us,” said a students' leader who sought anonymity for fear of victimization.

He further noted that the school health facility was not properly equipped and wondered how they are supposed to assist the over 5 000 students at the institution.

He said that they had been complaining about the issue but the school management did not take any action.

Efforts by News24 to contact the school vice chancellor Francis Lelo were futile as he did not respond to calls.

The closure comes few weeks ahead of the graduation ceremony.

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