Tight security at Moi University to lock out politicians from attending graduation

Politicians were yesterday barred from attending the 32nd Moi University graduation ceremony.

The decision was reached following threats by the North Rift politicians to disrupt the event because of a row involving the appointment of Laban Ayiro as the acting vice chancellor.

During the ceremony at the university’s main campus in Kesses, security was heightened as police officers, some in riot gear, were stationed as far as Cheptiret trading center, 9km away from the venue.

On Tuesday, North Rift leaders including Governor Jackson Mandago and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos, and a host of MPs, stormed the institution protesting against Prof Ayiro’s appointment.

And perhaps aware of the tight security that awaited them on graduation day; the local politicians gave the ceremony a wide berth.

The officers, both uniformed and plain clothes, confirmed to The Standard that they had firm instructions not to allow any politician, into the institution unless they had someone graduating.

Vehicles were not allowed into the institution and all guests were frisked at the main gate.

“We are under instructions not to let in any politicians,” said a security officer who declined to be named.

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