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KU suspends learning for three days to mourn accident victims

11 KU students were confirmed dead in the Mombasa-Nairobi road accident

The Kenyatta University has suspended learning following the tragic loss of their fellow students in a devastating road accident.

In a notice on Tuesday, KU Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics said learning will be suspended for three days to mourn the departed students.

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“It is with profound sorrow and sadness that I inform the University community of the tragic road accident involving our students from the Department of Health Management and Informatics in the School of Health Sciences yesterday 18th March 2024 in which we lost eleven (11) students,”Prof Waceke wrote.

As news of the incident spread shock waves across the country, grief and sorrow continued to permeate through the campus, leaving a somber atmosphere in its wake.

Teddy Odhiambo the Students’ President said they received the news of the accident with shock saying an accident of such magnitude has never happened at the university.

Odhiambo called on all drivers to be very careful on the road as there has been surge in accidents on Kenyan roads as witnessed recently, he urged his fellow students to remain calm as the university management.

According to Voi Sub-county Police Commander Ibrahim Daffala, 10 students died on the spot while another one breathed his last in hospital. 42 students sustained serious injuries while four had slight wounds.

“The accident occurred at a time when it was raining heavily. The lorry tried to move away from the road to avoid a head-on collision leading to the accident,” Daffala stated.

The statement added that Eleven (11) students were also critically injured and are being airlifted to Avenue Hospital, Parklands: and another sixteen (16) with minor injuries are being transported to the same Hospital.

Arrangements are also being made to transport the remains of the eleven (11) students to Kenyatta University Funeral Home along Thika Super Highway.

In the meantime the university has set up a Help Desk at Business Students service center(BSSC Room 151) and a mobile number No. 0723 352 483 or 020 2310709 to respond to queries and offer support and assistance during this challenging time.

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