Hello and welcome to Friday briefing here on Magazine Reel, Kenya’s Best Online Campus Newsite.Today we start by sending our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives following the Garrisa Siege, we join the nation in prayers for those injured.At Magazine Reel, we pray and hope that the attack may be the last one on the Kenyan soil.
Well, the campus siege forms the basis of the briefing today. Our Senior Reporter Caleb Odongo Koyo has been following the story and now gives it a new look, he now tells the untold side of the script. Have a good read.
The attack on Garrisa University is one that has been felt by Kenyans from all walks. The attack that left 147 people dead breaks the record set by Westgate Attack where information in the public domain indicates that 67 people lost their lives.
Once again the security mechanism has slept on the switch leaving the nation more wounded than it was. Few days and hours before the Islamist gunmen attacked the university, a lot of suggestive things happened. Let’s shift our focus to those key moves and try and understand why the gunmen decided to attack Garrisa University and not any other place having in mind that there is a market and a hospital just close to the Varsity.
“The information is already being processed by relevant government agencies with an objective of putting necessary measures in place to foil any such attempt”, stated the notice dated march 25 and signed by the chief security officer Wilfred Wahome.
Two days before the attack, a blogger who also doubles up as a security officer posted on social media that intelligence reports indicate that the terror group was planning a mass murder in North Eastern.
At the United States international university (USIU) appeared the same notice, two days before the attack. Kenya universities seem to have had information of an impending terrorist attack.
What is shocking is that the Dean of students Garrisa university Jactone Kweya Opande said that the varsity did not receive any warning on any attack despite the institution always being in touch with the police.
The president, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta moments before the attack declared the nation safe throwing salvos at those nations that issued travel advisories to their citizens. The president noted that if Obama will be in Kenya in July then it’s a clear indication that the nation is safe. From how the president talked, it’s clear that Global politics is shaping up at the expense of Kenyans security. The whole issue of travel advisories is coined under the umbrella of Global politics.
Now to the question closer to the heart of everybody, Why attack Garissa University?
In 2011, the government upgraded the then Garissa teachers’ training college to a degree awarding institution. It would later be named Garissa University College and a constituent college of Moi university.
The only reason why the gunmen would decide to attack the varsity is because of its location and diverse cultural extraction of students not to mention the varsity being a very soft spot at the Northern Kenya.
What’s the point.Whats the bottom line? Let’s now tie up the thoughts. The varsities that issued the notice on an impending attack are at the heart of Nairobi, they addressed the same to security officials who did not act with speed like expected. Before a crisis meeting would be called, the nation was already bleeding.
The government has once again failed to assure Kenyans of their security. The president is playing cheap global politics with security. At the end of the day the buck stops with the Government. Many Kenyans have met their untimely death and many times the government has tagged the Attackers as Cowards. I wonder whether a stranger who comes to your house and kills your mother is a coward! It’s like somebody coming to your house at lunchtime, eats your lunch and evicts you.
This is the bottom line. If the government would have been swift and keen on the links, the 147 young Kenyans who died yesterday and many others who have lost lives before would still be alive building the nation. When history is written, it will be recorded that the Kenyan government once killed 147 students.
That brings us to the end of Friday briefing today. Catch up with this conversation on Twitter @Magazinereel and @KoyoOdongo.