Following the attack on the Garissa University where 147 comrades lost their lives, there have been uproar from most of the leaders about what should be done to curb the menace. Most of the Universities have beefed up their security with most campuses having additional reinforcements from the National police service.
In Dekut we are having about five policemen patrolling the campus every day. But there is a question that many Kenyans are asking. How can only four terrorist be able to hold hostage so many people for so long were these people all helpless? Was there something that could be done to make sure that the number of casualties was less?
During the Moi Era students used to pass through the National youth service to get paramilitary training before they join campus but the project was stopped after seeing that the students were becoming more brutal in their strikes. The public used to fear University students very much that they wouldn’t go anywhere near a group of university students.
Today the public do not fear students anymore. For instance back in 2012 Dekut students tried to cause mayhem in Nyeri town but they were in for a rude shock as they were disciplined by the civilians who had all manner of crude weapons.
The police had a hard time protecting the students from the civilians. In my own opinion I think the number of casualties would not have been that much if the students had some skills to fight back. Now Dekut has a clever way of wanting to deal with these.
The University administration is planning to start karate training for the students who would be interested. This was revealed by the dean of students during the interfaith prayers held for Garissa University comrades. The students are very much encouraged to register with the dean’s office so that the training can start immediately. The training is good for personal defense and can be of help in case one is attacked.