After students at Machakos University went on the rampage early on Wednesday, engaging police in running skirmishes and stopping traffic on the key Machakos-Wote route, the university has been shut down indefinitely.
The University Vice Chancellor Lucy Irungu explained the reasoning for the choice in a memo to all students, noting that it was influenced by both the ongoing student protests and the changing security situation around the university.
According to the vice chancellor, a special meeting held on December 7 decided to close the university immediately.
The university has instructed students to leave the school grounds immediately, and further information regarding the resume of instruction will be conveyed, according to the university.
The most recent incident occurs just after students went on a rampage, allegedly in response to news that a student who had been hit by a stray bullet during the Monday rallies had passed away at the Machakos Level 5 Hospital.
After one of the students was allegedly waylaid by thugs and died from his injuries at the Kenyatta National Hospital, protests against the enhanced security around the college broke out.