Detectives summon Strathmore bosses over failed security drill

December 3, 2015 11:50 am
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Police say they have already recorded statements from staff and students—including those in hospital—on what they knew or didn’t know about the poorly organized drill/MIKE KARIUKI
Police say they have already recorded statements from staff and students—including those in hospital—on what they knew or didn’t know about the poorly organized drill/MIKE KARIUKI
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3- Strathmore University top management have been summoned to Langata Police station for questioning over Monday’s bungled security drill that left one person dead and dozens others injured.

The officials, including the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor John Odhiambo are required to record statements on how the drill was planned and executed, with indications that some of them would be charged.

Police say they have already recorded statements from staff and students—including those in hospital—on what they knew or didn’t know about the poorly organized drill.

The top officials will be questioned even as police and pathologists plan to conduct a post-mortem on the body of the female university employee who died after jumping off from the fourth floor of a building

This comes even after the University Vice Chancellor handed over the matter to the University Council in a bid to form an all inclusive team to probe what he termed as the’ worst tragedy ever in the history of the prestigious university.’

“The management has studied this matter and accepted the responsibility of the occurrences. Since we cannot as management investigate ourselves objectively, we have decided as a way forward to handle this matter, in accordance to the statute, to the university council,” he said.

On Wednesday, Odhiambo said several management officials want to resign following the failed terror attack drill.

“Many of my colleagues in the management have approached me, expressing their desire to resign to express their concern, strength and the weight of the responsibility they feel towards the occurrences,” he stated.

He also admitted that he was not aware of the unsuccessful security drill

Addressing journalists at the University, the VC said he used his office escape route innocently thinking they were under a terror attack.

“I am speaking very honestly. My office is in the other side of campus. So, when all this started, I was not aware and I had to use my escape route,” he stated.

Police headquarters has distanced itself from the drill, saying higher authorities were not informed even as the university insisted it involved the Lang’ata Police chief.

Police Spokesman Charles Owino has said legal action will be taken against officials at the university who failed to follow proper procedures in conducting the drill.

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