It purports to show scores of students, reportedly from the University of Nairobi, being forced to lie on the visibly-wet road and whipped with long sticks by police dressed in army fatigues.
Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome said his department is investigating whether the video is legitimate. “We want to know if indeed the video was shot at the university and then we will launch investigations on how this happened,” said Koome, according to Standard Digital. Charles Owino, spokesman for Kenya’s National Police Service, also confirmed the police were investigating the validity of the video. Newsweekwas not able to independently verify the video.
Violent protests have been ongoing at the University of Nairobi over the weekend after the controversial result of elections for the leader of the university’s students organization, known by its acronym SONU. The long-serving SONU chairman, Babu Owino, was re-elected in Friday’s vote amid claims from students that the polls had been rigged. More than 30 students were arrested over the weekend as anti-riot police used teargas to quell the protests. Students reportedly burned the SONU offices on Monday as demonstrations against Owino’s re-election continued.