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Why Rongo University was closed indefinitely, learners send home

Migori-based Rongo University was on Tuesday, March 26, closed indefinitely after student unrest following a heavily contested student election.

According to the institution’s Deputy Vice-chancellor of academics and student affairs, Professor Michael Ntabo Mabururu, the decision to suspend the University’s operations followed an emergency meeting convened by the university’s senate.

“Senate in a meeting held on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, resolved that the university be closed indefinitely due to ongoing unrest as a result of student elections. All students are directed to vacate the university premises immediately,” he said.

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Reports emerged that chaos at the institution began after a group of students rejected the results of the heavily contested student election over alleged irregularities.

This led to damage to school property, forcing the institution to deploy police officers to maintain law and order.

Among the properties that were damaged include windows at the institution’s main library and other structural properties.

Fortunately, no injury to students or staff was reported. The institution is yet to communicate when normalcy will resume.

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