Four students who took Kenyatta University to court when they were suspended, with one expelled, will today appeal a high court ruling which found the university had acted within its statutory rights to suspend the students even though the same court found that the composition of the university students disciplinary council which heard the students was constituted improperly.
Dan Oluoch, Justus Odhiambo, Omondi Ochieng and Anyango Beatrice took the Kenyatta University to court after they were singled out and expelled after students stormed an IEBC centre at the institution on 15 March 2013.
ODM maintains IEBC used Kenyatta University to stuff ballot boxes for President Uhuru as it was not a designated polling station. IEBC claims it only used the institution to store ballot materials and train electoral personnel.
While Oluoch had been expelled from the University, the other three were suspended, with Odhiambo and Ochieng given two semesters while Beatrice got two academic years home.
Fourteen other students, fearing a legal case will be expensive for them, opted to serve their terms though it is believed many were expelled.
Representing the students was human rights lawyer Gitobu Imanyara while Kenyatta University was represented by Kibe Mungai.
Sources close to ODM say the party is in the process of getting the four students scholarships to go study abroad in better universities, insisting they were victims of the politics of that time.
When this writer spoke to ODM Director of strategy Mr. Wafula Buke, he said they are much aware of the cases involving the students and that the party will actively seek alternatives for their education even as they continue fighting the case.