Riots hit UoN after former student leader killed
A section of students at the University of Nairobi on Thursday night took to the streets to protest the killing of a former student leader at the institution allegedly by the police. The students blocked State House Road as they engaged police in running battles.
Another student said to have been stabbed in the course of the day and was rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital. The borne of contention is the fight for control of shops near the university by a section of former students and traders.
The university’s director of corporate affairs John Orindi confirmed the protests.
“Police have taken over the issue and it’s our hope that normalcy will return soon,” said Mr Orindi on phone.
The University of Nairobi student leader Antony Manyara said the management of Club 36, which is the source of the conflict, must be under students.
“We will stop at nothing until the students own Club 36 as 95 per cent of them do their shopping there,” said Mr Manyara.
The former student leader killed posted on social media that Mungiki had taken over the market and were demanding Sh10,000 from every trader to build a stall.
Former UoN student and politician killed in ugly clash with armed goons
A politician who contested the Milimani ward seat as an independent candidate was on Thursday night allegedly shot dead by goons at Club 36 market located opposite Nairobi Primary School.
Mr Samuel Ragira alias OCS Ragira is reported to have met his death after he confronted the said goons at who had been terrorising traders at the “Klabu” market demanding money in exchange for stalls.
Nairobi News has learnt that for the last one week, the goons said to be armed with guns and an assortment of crude weapons have been demanding payment from the traders in order for them to go on with their activities.
“They ask for money according to the size of the piece of land that you are running your business on. The amount ranges from Sh10,000 to Sh200,000,” a trader who requested for anonymity told Nairobi News.
The trader further claimed that they have been operating in fear as the armed and ruthless youth have been threatening them and at times even brandishing pistols to scare them into submission.
“It has been a nasty scene, things have not been good here and nobody has been coming out to assist us,” another trader who spoke in confidence said.
The traders further said that they wanted to find out who were the armed goons.
“If we are here illegally then it would have been good if they told us to go away without the unnecessary exchanges. We also want to be told who are the goons since they have been threatening us with guns,” said the source.
Mr Ragira, said to be a former University of Nairobi student, has been opposing the goons’ activities on social media until Thursday night when he stormed the area in solidarity with the traders.
Sources told Nairobi News that it is during the ugly confrontation that one of the irate youth allegedly shot Mr Ragira killing him on the spot.
By 8:00pm on Thursday, police officers had already collected his body from the scene and taken it to the City Mortuary.
It is unclear why the said parcel of land that is located a short distance from State House has been of interest but Nairobi News understands that most students prefer buying and having their meals from the traders in the market.