A first year student at Egerton University’s Njoro Campus was on Sunday 24, January 2021 found dead in his room after a night-long drinking spree.
According to Njoro Sub-County Police Commander Muganda Kisaka, the student was found dead in his room located within the campus.
“It’s true one of the students has been found dead in his room in one of the hostels. We are still piercing up details to establish the cause of the death,” said Mr Kisaka.
Mr Kisaka who confirmed the incident however said that initial investigations indicated that the student was drunk before his death.
“This is sad; the student has escaped death [from] Covid-19 and has now been killed by over drinking,” said an official at the scene.
According report by Nation digital, the first year student had joined his colleague for a night out drinking spree at Njokerio trading centre near the campus on Saturday night.
“He was together with his friends and had been drinking together but he happened to have taken a lot of alcohol and he was overwhelmed. He was carried home by a bodaboda rider and taken to his room. However, his condition appeared bad and he spent the night in the room of a colleague,” A student said in an interview with the media
Sources have it that the students were taking hard drinks which they had never tasted. His colleagues were diluting the alcohol but he drunk his without diluting it and he was overwhelmed. The following morning his roommate woke up to find him dead.
Students who were taking photos at the scene as the body was been taken to a police vehicle had their mobile phones confiscated by some officials from the university.
Top university officials including the guidance and counselling department, church leaders, some nuns and students gathered outside the hostel discussing the death in hushed tones.
His roommate have recorded statements with the police.
“The students were shaken by the death and you could see them stammer while recording the statement with the university’s authorities and the police,” said another student.
The two rooms were sealed off and students and the workers kept at bay. The affected students are set to be transferred to other hostels.
The body was taken to Egerton University Funeral Home to await post-mortem.