On Friday morning, students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology main campus protested the killing of a first-year girl.
The first year girl, identified as Tabitha Gathoni, was stabbed to death on Thursday night around 8pm at Seagull hotel near Highpoint.
“INSECURITY ALERT!!! One of our comrades has been stabbed to death near Seagull…may the soul of our innocent fellow sister rest in peace. Please be safe as you walk around, it’s not safe anymore,” Aboki Hesbon, a JKUAT student leader, tweeted.
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Students could not take the matter lightly. They resorted to airing their frustrations on social media using the hashtag #stopkillingjkuatstudents.
“Am saddened by the death of a beautiful lady by the name Tabitha Gathoni. We have interacted sometimes back. I picked her to form Juja to Thika on a night for some graduation party hosted at Club Skaters. We have greatly lost a precious soul..RIP Gathoni,” a JKUAT student wrote on WhatsApp.
“It is my prayer that this is the last life lost in JKUAT CS Amina Mohammed needs to immediately intervene and ensure that these students are protected. We are busy with Al-Shabaab and forget the students are vulnerable to the Local terrorists,” said one of the students.
It is my Prayer that this is the Last life lost in JKUAT. CS Amina Mohammed needs to immediately Intervene and ensure that these students are protected. We are busy with Al-Shabaab and forget the student are vulnerable to the Local ‘terrorists’. ?#stopkillingJkuatStudents pic.twitter.com/3csMMDLLE3
— BRAVIN™ (@ItsBravin) February 8, 2019
“Please stop killing our University students. Our mothers and fathers in the village are waiting for a degree; please don’t take a corpse to them. It pains to hear how a dream of a young lady was ended last night. SECURITYYY!” Tweeted Cymoh.
Please,stop killing University students??,Our mothers and fathers in the village are waiting for a degree , please don’t take a corpse to them??.It pains to hear how a dream of a young lady was ended last night ?. SECURITYYYYY! #stopkillingJkuatStudents
— ᴄʏᴍᴏʜ ™ ?? ❁ (@ProfCymOhAFC) February 8, 2019
Students should be guaranteed of their safety. This kind of brutality must be stopped. @DiscoverJKUAT @FredMatiangi @JBoinnet action should be taken to stop this series of killings in and around Juja #Stopkillingjkuatstudents
— Tuchapiane (@tuchapiane) February 7, 2019
Angry student leaders wrote a memo to Juja OCPD, Simon Thirikwa, notifying him of the peaceful demonstration we saw them conduct today.
“This is to inform you that we will be having a peaceful demonstration in Juja JKUAT environs, on Friday 8th of February 2019 as from 9.00am,” read the memo.
Students met at Gate A of the institution where they started the protests. Speaking to TUCHAPIANE.com, one of the students’ leaders said that all they wanted is justice and security.