Security scare interrupts graduation at St Paul’s University

October 4, 2013 10:24 am
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The officers asked everyone to leave before those in attendance were screened afresh/FILE
The officers asked everyone to leave before those in attendance were screened afresh/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4 – The 22nd graduation ceremony of the St Paul’s University, in Limuru, was on Friday morning interrupted for about half an hour after police officers evacuated the congregation over a terror threat.

The proceedings were halted to allow security officers to counter check the threats so as to secure the safety of those present, including Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi and the Anglican Archbishop of Kenya Eliud Wabukhala, before resuming.

The officers asked everyone to leave before those in attendance were screened afresh.

Kaimenyi ordered a round of applause for the officers saying they had handled the concern professionally and prevented panic among those in attendance as well as a stampede.

“We should clap for them (security agents) again for their good work. They did not handle the issue in a ‘kienyeji’ way,” said Kaimenyi.

St Paul’s Chancellor Samuel Kobia also spoke well of the security agents saying they had done a good job. He at the same time lauded the government for the increase in security efforts for all Kenyans.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank our security officers who are here who have clearly handled this situation very professionally,” said Kobia.

“It is good that we as Kenyans know that we have a government that provides the kind of security that we have seen and we are grateful that they are looking after us.”

He also urged the country’s education institutions to consider incorporating security courses in to their curriculum, considering the heightened security alertness in the country, following the Westgate terror attack.

“Perhaps we could think some more about what has just happened as far as security is concerned and add this course in our studies. Maybe we could have more people interested because this is becoming a daily matter in our nation,” he said.

Kenyans remain on high alert ever since the bloody attack that left 67 people dead and hundreds others injured.

According to the Kenya Red Cross, 39 people remain missing.

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