December 12th 2017

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Six TUK students arrested protesting police killing of colleague

Both students lived in the area, from where they commute to the main campus for studies every day. The victim died on the spot while his colleague was wounded, and he is the one who informed student leaders about the unreported incident on Monday.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 12 Apr 2017 17:41 EAT

Some of the Technical University of Kenya student chanting demanded to be accorded interview by the NTV at Nation Centre.

Hundreds of students from the Technical University of Kenya demonstrated in Nairobi this morning to protest the killing of their colleague by police on Sunday. As the protesters marched through Nairobi streets from their Main Campus, at least six students were arrested and locked up at Kamukunji Police Station, according to student leaders who spoke to the Kenya Free Press.

The student who was with a colleague was shot by a stray bullet during a confrontation between police officers and armed thugs in the Mlango Kubwa area in Starehe Division. Both students lived in the area, from where they commute to the main campus for studies every day. The victim died on the spot while his colleague was wounded, and he is the one who informed student leaders about the unreported incident on Monday.

The demonstration was led by the chairman of students association Brian Reeves Obare, who accused officers based at Pangani Police officers of killing Francis Karani, a third year student at the School of Physical Science and Technology when he had gone out to do some shopping. The students marched through Haile Selasie Avenue to Pangani Police Station and then presented a petition at the Central Police Station before going to Nation Centre to demand audience with NTV reporters.

The students notified the university officials and the police about today's protest yesterday, according to their leaders who spoke to this reporter at Nation Centre, Kimathi Street, where they went to air their grievances. The fate of the arrested students was unknown by this evening.

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