UoN expels SONU leadership candidate Mike Jacobs, 32 others (Youtube-Clip)

“The University of Nairobi has expelled 33 students following the recent chaos that led to the closure of the university.  Among those now barred from the institution is Mike Jacobs, who lost to Babu Owino in the controversial race for chairman of the university’s students unionThe varsity’s disciplinary committee has further suspended 25 students, pardoned 17 and issued warnings to over 100 others over the chaos” (Kenya Citizen TV, 2016).

What makes student leadership in Kenya a highly contested affair (Youtube-Clip)

The recent chaos at the University of Nairobi have brought into sharp focus the ever acrimonious student union elections. Early this month the students took to the streets to protest the re-election of Babu Owino as SONU chairman for a record 4th term. What is it that makes student leadership in Kenya such a highly contested affair? What perks make these positions so attractive? Rose Gakuo sought to answer these questions” (KBC NEWS, 2016)

Running battles as UoN students protest alleged rigging of elections & University of Nairobi students torch SONU offices in fresh protests against Babu Owino’s re-election (Youtube-Clips)

“Students at the Nairobi University for the better part of Monday engaged in riots causing damage of unknown value to both motorists and the institution. This followed student leadership elections held at the end of last week which they claim were not free and fair. Babu Owino was elected for a fourth term as the chairman of the University’s students’ organization SONU. The unruly students, while chanting songs, took over key roads around the institution including State House Road, the University Way, Ojinjo Road and a section of Waiyaki Way. However, law enforcers soon subdued them blocking their march into the central business district, something that led to their change of plan forcing them to use the underpass bridge to their main campus where they set SONU offices ablaze. They later moved to Uhuru Highway where they pelted motorists with stones causing the law enforcers to lob teargas to disperse them. According to the University Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Student Affairs Professor Isaac Meroka, the elections were free and fair and those who feel aggrieved should follow due process” (Citizen TV Kenya, 2016).

University of Nairobi students torched SONU offices in fresh protests against Babu Owino’s re-election. Babu has previously been linked to hooliganism and has often been seen to display a lavish lifestyle in sharp contrast to his student status” (KTN News Kenya, 2016).

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