Teachers, students’ unions condemn Garissa University attack, demand security boost



Kuso patron Steve Mbogo (right), Vice chair Rose Gakuo (left) and Sonu chairman Babu Owino address a press conference in Nairobi, Friday. [PHOTO: WILLIS AWANDU/STANDARD]

The two teachers’ unions and university students’ unions have condemned the attack on Garissa University College that left over 100 students dead on Thursday.

In a statement, Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) condoled with the families that lost their loved ones, but quickly asked for immediate closure of the institutions in North Eastern region.

“We would like to advise that because of the trauma and effects from this attack on the people of Kenya and particularly the affected families, the government should immediately close down the Garissa University College,” said Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion.

He said all surviving students should be transferred to other universities in safer parts of the country.

Mr Sossion asked the Ministry of Education to consult widely to set up a recovery strategy after the attack that largely targeted learners and previously tutors in Mandera.

He accused Education Cabinet Secretary Joseph Kaimenyi of failing to advise the government wisely on education matters and security status in schools and colleges.

Kuppet Secretary General Akelo Misori also asked for closure of schools in the northern region.

“All students must be transferred to other regions until calm is restored. It is unfortunate that the region is volatile for learning,” said Misori

Kenya Universities Students Organisation (Kuso) officials yesterday asked for immediate beefing up of security in colleges and campuses.

They also want security agencies to recruit and train some students to gather intelligence. “Involve us in these security trainings so that we can continue gathering intelligence even after leaving universities,” said Kuso patron, Steve Mbogo.

Students Organisation of Nairobi University (Sonu) chairman Babu Owino said all universities and campuses willl be closed if the government fails to compensate affected families.