On Saturday, December 7th 2014, Egerton university students went on protest over an exam notice. Tuesday, January 27th 2015, three student leaders and nine students were suspended for two years from Egerton University for what the university administration claims they played a hand in the December demonstration.
Sometimes we fail to understand why university administrations fail to address students’ grievances early only to wait for their anger to pile up resulting to demonstrations. The anger of Egerton university students that led to the demo did not start with the said released exam notice. It started with several issues that students had raised but the administration gave a deaf ear. Issues ranging from persistent power blackout to unfair killing of their loved ones among others were raised earlier and went unaddressed.
When students to decide to go on rampage it is their resort. Nobody, even the student leaders can stop a thing whose time has come. Student leaders have no power to stop thousands of students who are expressing their displeasure through a demonstration. Therefore, crucifying a few individuals is totally unfair. It happened in UON, Moi, JKUAT, Meru and now Egerton.
Our call goes to the Kenya university student organization (KUSO) to begin looking at this matter of suspensions with great importance.