Meru university vice chair Japheth Magambo sent on terminal leave,as Education CS orders the institution’s reopening in a weeks time

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BY CORRESPONDENT,MERU,6TH MARCH 2018-Meru University Vice Chancellor Japheth Magambo has bore the brunt of ugly scenes witnessed at the institution a week ago which saw student leader Evans Njoroge shot dead in unclear circumstances.This is after  Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed  sent him on a  terminal leave .

Ms Mohamed made the announcement when she visited the troubled university in Meru County on Tuesday.

She said Prof Charity Gichuki would take over the running of the university of science and technology in an acting capacity.

The CS ordered the university, which was shut following deadly student riots, reopened in a week’s time.

Magambo’s term was due to expire in June this year.

The murder of the student leader saw widespread condemnation from various stakeholders in education including students leaders from other universities across the country who have been calling for immediate resignation of the vice canceller following what they said was carelessness on his part.

On Monday Kenya university students organizations union KUSO called upon the inspector of police Joseph Boinet to immediately address the university students on the issue or they would hold countrywide demonstrations.

According to Nairobi university students organizations secretary general Apiyo Opiyo it was upon the police to ensure that students who were demonstrating in  Meru did that in peace and without using life bullets.

The death of Njoroge followed protest by the students at the university who were agitating fore better infrastructure and reduction in school  fee.

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