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Moi University students riot after colleague’s killing

Students of Moi University Main Campus in Eldoret on Sunday clashed with anti-riot police after a colleague was found dead in a thicket.

In a standoff that lasted about four hours, thousands of students prevented officers from taking the body of Ms Charity Maina to the mortuary by deflating the tyres of a police vehicle.

The officers eventually dispersed the students using tear gas and shooting in the air.

The students accused officers based at Kesses Police Station of doing nothing about insecurity.

SUSPECTS HELD

The body of the third year student was finally taken to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.

In a statement, Vice-Chancellor Richard Mibey said the police were holding two suspects.

About a month ago, a male student was found hanging, dead. The students said no arrests had been made in connection with the death.

The body of Ms Maina was spotted by passers-by at around 6am, a few metres to the gate of Bucca Estate, where she lived.

Students told reporters that their colleague was raped before being strangled with barbed wire.