Nairobi University students demonstrated yesterday, after being given a go ahead to demonstrate their democratic rights to protest over the killing of a fellow student by a trigger happy policeman and also the killing of human rights activist Oscar Kamau King’ara of Oscar foundation together with his assistant Paul Oulu a former University Students leader last week.
It was historic because PM Raila Odinga supported the planned demo and asked Police to give them protection. In the past it was unheard of for a government official to support such a demo, because student’s demos in the past were not peaceful. Their demo yesterday was peaceful and I thought it is a success that would bring to an end to old times of dictatorship; it was a good opportunity to release their anger peacefully. However things changed when later in the day some resorted to their old ways of breaking into shops, looting and destroying property. This group of rowdy students was a shame to the whole university student’s fraternity and the change this demo was going to bring. At least some had the courtesy to go back to the shops and apologize.
Students need to change with times, they didn’t have to vet their anger on innocent shop owners yet it was the police who killed their colleague.
Prof. Philip Alston's report