On Wednesday, when Meru Technical students went on a strike, one daring student jumped into a police landcruiser and drove off with sirens still on.
According to eyewitnesses, the student who has now been indentified as Mark Odiwour ignited the vehicle as the police were busy chasing the demonstrating group.
Odiwour is said to have sped off forcing both the police and fellow students chasing after him. He is reported to have driven the vehicle for a few meters.
“After driving for a few meters, he realized tbe police were almost catching up with him. They were also threatening to shoot. He left the car and ran away”, an eyewitness narrated.
The final year mechatronics engineer was described by fellow student as an outgoing student who never fails to throw such daring moves.
Though none of the claims either on stealing of vehicle or activities of Odiwour has been confirmed, the viral video points to a police van carrying rioting students hanging precariously.
Meru County Police Commander Patrick Lumumba has, however, refuted the allegations, saying the people caught on tape hopping onto the police van were locals who had joined anti-riot officers to restore normalcy at Meru Polytechnic, which is located 10Kms from Meru Town and less than 5Kms from Makutano centre.
The 10, 000-plus learners had taken to the streets to protest after one of their colleagues was killed on Sunday night in unclear circumstances.
“The people caught on tape hopping onto the police van were Makutano residents who had volunteered to help police restore normalcy at the town centre after students from Meru National Polytechnic took to the trading centre to cause destruction,” Lumumba told K24 Digital on Wednesday, March 11.
At around 3pm, the polytechnic’s management, led by principal Geoffrey Rukunja, ordered the university shut, and the learners were given 30 minutes to vacate the institution.
“Only those who are writing their Kenya National Examinations Council papers will be allowed back to continue with the tests,” said Principal Geoffrey Rukunja.