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The University of Nairobi (UoN) re-opens May 3, 2016 after chaos which caused its closure early April, 2016.

The University of Nairobi was closed on April 5, 2016 after students protested the re-election of Babu Owino as their union leader.  The protests turned chaotic when students burnt Students Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) offices and blocked a section of University Way and Uhuru Highway before police used teargas to disperse them.

To ensure order in the university the management has come up with stringent rules. 

  1. All students have been ordered to fill in new personal data forms before they can be accepted back.
  2. Students who host non-eligible people in their rooms will be suspended and all student rooms are to be fitted with standard keys that staff can routinely access.
  3. SONU has been stripped off the role of running student kiosks in halls of residence.  The role has been taken over by The University of Nairobi Enterprises and Services Ltd (UNES).
  4. Cooking in students’ rooms has been banned.

In late April, the University expelled 33 students, including SONU aspirant Mike Jacobs over the chaos that led to closure of the institution. 

Jacobs, who said he was rigged out in favour of SONU Chair Babu Owino, led students in a protest early April, 2016 that left the SONU offices and some students hostels reduced to ashes.

Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi said the University’s disciplinary committee issued warning letters to 143 students while 17 others were pardoned after being suspended following the chaos that rocked the main campus after a disputed students election.  Speaking to the press, the Vice Chancellor said that those expelled have a right to appeal.

All expelled and suspended students have been denied access to the university compounds in all campuses.

Also read: SONU to be reformed

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