I wont resign over death of student leader,Meru university vice chancellor says

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BY CORRESPONDENT,MERU,28TH FEB 2018-Even as mysterious death of  Meru university student leader  continue to elicit mixed reactions and condemnation  across the country,the University’s  Vice Chancellor Japheth Magambo  has vowed to stay put despite calls  for him to step down over the incident.

Students have also joined those calling for his resignation .

Addressing the press at the institution on Wednesday , Magambo   says he had no reason to resign.

He said the university was closed indefinitely on February 1 and that the students were not supposed to be there.

“Unfortunately, some students hang around the university. They barricaded Meru –Maua Road but police chased them away.”

Meru University student leader Evans Njoroge also known as  Kidero who was killed on February 27, 2018-COURTESY.

He added that  he learned of Njoroge’s death through the media.

“Police have not officially told us how he died. We do not know [how it happened] but we are extremely sorry and extend our condolences to the family. When we have the information we will communicate with the family but we are very sorry about what happened.”

The VC said the fourth-year students were to report on Thursday but that the date will be pushed due to the unrest.

“We have not yet decided when the students will come back but other campuses are operational,” he said.

The stand-off between student and the university’s management has disrupted learning for a whole academic year. Learners have demonstrated at least six times.

Njoroge is allegedly to have been shot on Tuesday by a police officer who chased him into a banana plantation few meters away from the university.

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