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September 23, 2018

Garissa varsity on path to recovery as 700 enrol

Garissa University is on a steady path to recovery after admitting 700 students this week/FILE
Garissa University is on a steady path to recovery after admitting 700 students this week/FILE

Garissa University is on a steady path to recovery after admitting 700 students this week, the highest since the Al shaabab attack 

on April 2, 2015. 

 This is after the institution registered about 350 students in 2017 and nearly a similar number in 2016.

The University, then a constituent college of Moi University,  came under a dawn attack by Islamist group Al Shaab, killing 148 people majority of them being students. 

Addressing the press in his office last week, vice chancellor Ahmed Warfa thanked the county and national governments  and the local leadership for support ing the university in its recovery process. 

“Most of the recommendations put forward by the security agencies that allowed us to re-open have been accomplished including a perimeter wall around the institution, with the support of both governments,” Warfa said.  “There is a whole police post within the institution. There are police patrols at night. We want the students to not only to feel safe but to study in a secure environment,”  he added. The students are under the national government sponsorship.

The residents of  the cosmopolitant town have also been supportive of the institition, thronging the first anniversary event organized by the Garissa county government and a consortium of local 

non-profit organizations.

An annual marathon was also established to mark the anniversary.

Local leaders stressed the need for all communities and faiths to work closely with relevant security arms of government in dealing with any terror cells operating in 

northern Kenya.

Area MP Adan Duale stressed the need of cooperation between communities and government in securing the towns and settlements.

 “The Garissa university attack will haunt me for the rest of my life. It is the duty of the local communities to work closely with the Government to ensure such barbaric acts do not happen here in Garissa or anywhere else,” Duale said.

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