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Insecurity: The Plight Of Kirinyaga University Students

On Sunday, June 12, 2022, Kirinyaga University students staged a protest against the increase of insecurity in Kutus, Kirinyaga County.

This was after their colleague died in an alleged attack on the Kutus Kagio road last week. The students were to hold a candlelit vigil in honor of their late colleague when the encounter with the police erupted.

The police attempted to disperse them in order to restore traffic movement on the Kutus Kagio road, which had been halted the students on the road but the act enraged the students.

"We left school right before 7:00 pm with a candlelit vigil and we planned to assemble where one of our colleagues was attacked, but when the police arrived, they tried to disperse us but we resisted," a student said.

The students resisted, leading the police to use tear gas canisters to disperse them.They accuse the police of being unresponsive to their condition, claiming that security officials have not done enough to apprehend and apprehend the criminals who have been attacking and robbing them, particularly at night.

"We report cases of robbery to the police and they say that they will investigate but then nothing happens. That is why we have staged this protest so that they can address the issue of insecurity in Kutus town," a student said.

Students claim that a reputed gang has been intimidating them as they walk to their hostels outside of the University at night.

"We have had rape cases, attempted rape incidents several students have also been stabbed while others have been robbed off laptops, phones as well as money."

According to Kirinyaga county police commander Mathew Mang'ira, investigations have been initiated into all of the reported incidences in order to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

"Immediately it is reported we do follow it up until the last minute, and these students should know that these cases are very serious and they should report them immediately," Mang’ira said.

He also asked the students to report any incident to any of the Kutus town police stations, as they are all there to serve the public.

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