The University of Nairobi was closed indefinitely on Tuesday (26 February) following two days of rioting by students demanding the removal of a departmental head.
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Background: The University of Nairobi was closed indefinitely on Tuesday (26 February) following two days of rioting by students demanding the removal of a departmental head.
Students have been ordered to leave their accommodation in the university and the building is being sealed off. The head of the university's architectural faculty had earlier narrowly escaped from students demanding his removal -- they set his car alight. Professor F. Jorgensen has been charged by students with deliberately obstructing the progress of African undergraduates. Two students have been admitted to hospital with serious injuries following clashes between riot police and more than fifteen hundred demonstrators.
Earlier reports that there had been deaths in the fighting have been denied. Police used teargas and made baton charges against the students in the two days of sporadic rioting both at the university and in Nairobi streets.
The trouble began when students demonstrated in sympathy with pupils in the architecture faculty, expelled for refusing to sit for an examination last week. The architecture pupils complained that too many students in their faculty were being failed and made the allegations against professor Jorgensen of trying to hold African students back. During the disturbances some students forced their way into an examination hall and tore up papers and later stormed another hall throwing stones and shouting slogans.
The students have now called for not only the resignation of Professor Jorgensen, but also of the vice-chancellor of the university, Dr. J. Karanja.