Kenya’s Garissa University College has officially reopened, nine months after the killing of nearly 150 people, mainly students, in an attack by militant Islamist group al-Shabab.
Staff have reported to work while students are expected to be back on campus next Monday.
North Eastern residents had petitioned the government to improve security instead of closing down institutions. The residents matched within the highways months ago to demand for the opening of the University claiming that it is the only higher learning institution in the entire region.
A police post has been set up on the campus in north-eastern Kenya, to improve security. This is a Bid by the Kenyan government to restore the confidence and faith that the regions residents had in the government of the day before the April 1st incident.
Last year’s attack was the deadliest so far by the Somali-based group in Kenya. Other attacks by the militants include Westgate deadly shootings and several Grenade attacks within the transport system in Kenya’s Nairobi city.
Following its closure, some 650 students from Garissa University College were offered places at a sister campus in Eldoret, western Kenya, to continue their studies.
They are not expected to return to Garissa now that it has reopened, university authorities say. The students had also resisted bids to have them go back to the institution. Many claimed that there was severe division based on religion within the region. Recent occurrence have though thwarted this claim as it emerged that Muslims stood by their Christian counterparts during the would be latest attack forcing the perpetrators to release all their hostages and dissappear.
The French government has set up a fund for 109 students injured in the attack, putting 150,000 Kenyan shillings (£1,000; $1,500) towards each student’s tuition fees and living allowance for the year.
The $500 allocated for fees is expected to cover roughly a third of the annual cost of tuition.
In May, local media reported that students at the Garissa Teachers Training College, which has a separate campus, but lies just 200m from the site of the attack, refused to return to class, citing security concerns.
Al-Shabab says it is opposed to the presence of Kenyan troops in neighbouring Somalia.