PHOTOS: Students Burn Down University of Nairobi Offices

  • By Mary Kulundu on Monday, 4 April 2016 - 2:27pm @MaryKulundu
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  • University of Nairobi students on Monday set on fire the Students Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) offices during a protest over the re-election of Paul Ongili, commonly referred to as Babu Owino, as the students' body chairman.

    The offices located along University Way were razed down by the angry students, who insisted that Babu rigged the elections held last week.

    Enraged scholars took to the streets on Monday blocking University Way, Uhuru Highway, State House and Harry Thuku roads, causing a huge traffic snarl up in the Capital.

    The Nairobi County fire brigade was assisted by police who engaged the students in running battles, to contain the fire.

    University of Nairobi students started their demonstrations on Saturday when Babu was sworn into the seat amid doubts over the authenticity of the elections.

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    Signs of violence emerged after videos showing  Babu assaulting his closest rival, Mike Jacobs, were circulated on social media a few days prior to the polls.

    Babu however dismissed the clip reverting blame to his opponent.

    The SONU Chairman has since called for peace at the Campus urging his opponents to accept the results and move on. He insists that he fairly won in the contentious polls where he garnered over 18,000 votes against his rivals Suraj Mohamed and Mike Jacobs who got about 3, 000 and 2, 000 votes respectively.

    Speaking during an interview on KTN News, Babu announced that this was his last term in the SONU office, as next year he would be making his debut in the national politics, taking a shot at the Embakasi East parliamentary seat.







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