Videos of police officers using excessive force on protesting Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) students on Monday have gone viral, sparking outrage from online users.
In the videos circulated on social media, anti-riot police officers were seen brutalizing students at the Juja-based institution even after the demonstration ended.
In one of the footages, three cops are seen beating up an unarmed student lying on the ground, with two of kicking him on the head.
In a second video, a group of other officers is seen forcefully making their way into an apartment occupied by students where they fired tear gas canisters to smoke them out.
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A lone policeman, in a third clip, is seen running after students in one of the hostels while firing.
Kenyans online have called on the National Police Service (NPS) as well as Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to investigate the incidents.
The university’s Senate in a special meeting resolved to shut down the institution indefinitely following student unrest.
In a memo, JKUAT Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs Prof. Robert Kinyua directed all students to clear from the campus by mid-day.
The students took to the streets in protest against alleged insecurity in the area. They accused authorities of failing to protect them and boda boda operators of colluding with criminals to rob unsuspecting students.