Students of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
(JKUAT) have today taken to the streets in protest of rising insecurity in
Juja, after a comrade was stabbed to death by robbers.
The victim, identified as Tabitha, a first year was reportedly attacked on
Thursday night around 8pm, while in the company of a friend outside the campus
near Segal hotel.
The students who took to the streets in protest, paralyzing business in
Juja Town and transport along the Thika Super Highway, have also
condemned the police for using excessive force and live bullets on them
while trying to stop them from picketing.
The demonstration was organised by the student’s union.
“This is to inform all students that we will be having a peaceful
demonstration in Juja Environs. Following a series of killings, most recent
having been on 7th Feb 2019 at Segal Hotel,” read a notice from the
The JKUAT students have also taken the protest on social media under the
#stopkillingJkuatStudents, which they are also
using to call for more police protection in the area.
Ian Duncan : As a digital journalist, I have covered
over 4 deaths at JKUAT from October to date alone. Those stories keep me up
every day. Because I am also a student and I keep wondering if I’ll be next. So
today I won’t just write; I’ll take to the streets too.