A fourth year economics student at the University of Nairobi was yesterday found dead in unclear circumstances at the institution’s swimming pool located in Main Campus.
The lifeless body of the student, identified as Denis Maina, has been retrieved and the swimming pool is currently out of bonds for the students.
There were mixed reports as to where the student died as sources reveal he was in his full attire, including shoes, and could not have been swimming.
Here is how a student at the university chronicled the sad experience:
Death is usually accompanied by
sadness and grief, especially to close
friends and family. However, when
the grim reaper’s scythe mows down
a young man, the sadness is
garroting. The University of Nairobi
(UON) student fraternity has lost one
of their own in a dark twist of fate at
the UON main Campus swimming
pool. Shockwaves are currently
rippling through the University in
the wake of Dennis Maina’s death.
Dennis Maina Wasabi was a 4th year
Economics student with only a
month to go before the completion
of his course. He was discovered
lying dead at the floor of the
swimming pool’s deep end at around
4 p.m. today. The discovery of the
body sent students scampering out
of the pool in shock. Students had
been swimming in the pool from as
early as 2 p.m. Due to the poor
state of the pool, students swam for
almost two hours before they
discovered the body. The greenish
water reduces visibility of the pool’s
floor to a vague, dark hue at the
deep end. I think it is time that the
university repaired the filtration
machine that cleans the pool’s water
and removed the algae and debris
on the pool’s floor. We need to
avoid a similar incident where
students swim for hours with a dead
body in the pool because they can’t
see the floor.
There are several theories
surrounding his death. I will not try
and give them mileage on my blog. I
prefer to let the authorities and the
post mortem report tell us. However,
the circumstances surrounding his
death are quite vague. When his
body was found, he was fully clad in
a khaki trouser, a T-shirt, and with
his leather shoes on him. I went
there to see for myself and I found
his body lying by the poolside with
students milling around it. I arrived
around thirty minutes after the body
had been pulled out of the pool. His
body was fresh, and he almost
looked lifelike. Though rigor mortis
had already set in and stiffened his
body, he had a very calm expression
on his face. On a bench, ten meters
away, three policemen were chatting
nonchalantly as they waited for
crime scene detectives. It was a sad
sight, and I left after about ten
The police has since launched investigations to unravel the cause of death of the finalist undergraduate student.
Meanwhile, campaigns for the students organization of Nairobi University, Sonu, is in top gear with student-aspirants making good use of social media.
The Sonu chairmanship has attracted fierce competition which almost saw a candidate being locked out in what his ‘aides’ termed as an attempt by the university to micromanage student affairs.
Babu Owino, a former Sonu chairman who graduated with first class in actuarial science two years ago is back on the ballot, having enrolled for a law degree at the same institution.
When opponents realized he was making a comeback in Sonu politics, a group of students hurriedly convened a constitutional review to change the rules of the game, however, the review has since been overtaken by events as Babu is on the ballot.
Other contenders for the seat are Philbert Kongolla and J.N Kariuki.