Garissa University re-opens

The Garissa University college was officially re-opened eight months after Al-Shabaab militants massacred 148 people mostly students on April 2, 2015.

Addressing the press in Garissa town on Monday, the College Principal, Prof. Ahmed Warfa said learning for privately sponsored students programme will start on 11th January while admission of the regular students is set for September this year.

Prof. Warfa noted that all former students who relocated to Moi university main campus in Eldoret will continue with their studies there and only fresh admissions will be done later in the year.

He said, “Between now and then the college will be busy with formulating programmes, policies that were disrupted following the terror attack”.

The Principal said that majority of teaching and non-teaching staff that relocated to Moi university main campus after the college was closed following the terror attack have started reporting back for duty.

A spot check by KNA showed a low key activity at the institution while security to the college compound was tight as armed police officers in collaboration with the institution’s security subjected all visitors, including journalist, vehicles to a thorough security check.

“We worked extremely hard to have the only university in North Eastern opened in Garissa. We shall not allow small boys running around with guns to scare us”, Prof. Warfa said.

The principal reiterated that terrorism is a global problem and not unique to Garissa.

“It happened in Paris and it can happen anywhere in the world. This should not dampen our resolve to have Garissa University up and running,” he added.

The university don termed the events of April 2 attack “as painful and fresh in my mind. It’s sometimes difficult to sleep because of trauma”.

On security Prof. Warfa said that a shs.330 mullion perimeter wall will be constructed and fitted with CCTV cameras as one way of securing the institution.

The college has put up a police post with 25 police officers stationed on a 24 hour basis to secure and patrol the institution.

The re-opening follows a meeting between the Moi University senate and ministry of education on December 9th last year that came up with today’s date occasioned by deputy president William Ruto visit to the institution the same month.

By Jacob Songok