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November 21, 2018

Race to mark 1 year since 148 died in Garissa

A security officer searches a student at the entrance of the Garissa University College as students return to the campus in Kenya's northeast town of Garissa, January 11, 2016. The campus reopened today nine months after an attack by Somalia-based al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab Islamist militants. REUTERS
A security officer searches a student at the entrance of the Garissa University College as students return to the campus in Kenya's northeast town of Garissa, January 11, 2016. The campus reopened today nine months after an attack by Somalia-based al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab Islamist militants. REUTERS

The Garissa University College will hold a marathon to mark the first anniversary since al Shabaab massacred 148 people.

The attack was carried out on April 2, last year.

African Talent and Change Foundation member Abdiaziz Mohamed said the marathon will be the main event.

He said the race will explore talents among youth, who are at the risk of being radicalised.

“This is a platform to promote peaceful co-existence among Kenyans,” Mohamed said.

He spoke to the press on Monday.

The registration of the event started on March 4 to 25.

Individuals will pay a registration fee of Sh500, while a group of 10 people or corporate organisations will pay Sh100,000.

The Garissa University College was reopened nine months after the attack.

Students who survived the attack were relocated to Moi University main campus in Eldoret town.

Some of teaching and non-teaching staff were also moved to Eldoret, after the college was closed.

Security at the campus has been tightened and a perimeter wall will be constructed and fitted with CCTV cameras.

The college has put up a police post, which is manned by 25 officers on a 24-hour patrol.

Mohamed urged corporate institutions to sponsor the race and Kenyans of all walks of life to participate.

University principal Prof Ahmed Warfa said "This will be the first marathon of this magnitude to remember our fallen heroes.

“This is a day engraved in our history and it’s a day we will never forget,” he said.

The principal said a series of other activities among them dances, drama and other shows are lined up and the climax will be on April 2.


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