Magadi road was today’s, 9th September 2019, morning blocked by students of Multimedia University who barricaded the road in protest of a hit-and-run case that left one of their colleagues in a critical condition.
Traffic police had a difficult time dispersing the Multimedia students who protested the hit and run that killed a first-year student of the institution.
The first-year student is said to have been hit by a matatu registered to Ongataline Sacco before the vehicle sped off leaving the student to die.
The students threw stones at the police in protest as the authorities attempted to disperse them so as to bring normalcy back onto the busy Magadi road.
The police in return threw teargas to the students in a bid to quell the protests leaving the area around Magadi road hostile to motorists, business owners and passers-by.
The multimedia university students also claimed that the Matatu Sacco, Ongataline, was exploiting them by demanding double rates of their bus fares.
“We would like to warn Ongataline that this is the last time they will be harassing us. You cannot tell us the fare is 50 bob then later change to 100 shillings and if we refuse to pay the 100 shillings you make us alight the vehicle before reaching our destination,” one of the protesting students said.
The protest by the students of the Multimedia university has led to traffic snarl-up at Magadi road as a number of the students were arrested and buckled into police vehicles.
The injured student is currently recuperating at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and is reported to have been hit at the gate of the Multimedia University as he came from school.
The Multimedia students demanded that justice be delivered unto them to ensure their lives are not put at stake by irresponsible drivers.