NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – Deputy President William Ruto has assured the country that the government has put enough security measures in all universities to ensure there is no repeat of Garissa attack that claimed 148 lives.
Ruto says there should be no fear of terror in universities since security officers are up to task and in control.
He gave the assurance after over 100 students were injured in a stampede at the University of Nairobi Kikuyu campus Sunday morning after a transformer exploded after an underground electrical cable busted.
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Nairobi Police boss Benson Kibue told Capital FM News that the students were injured when they tried to escape from their hostels thinking it was a terror attack.
“We will do whatever we have to do to ensure our wealth and children are safe,” the Deputy President stated.
He said the government is committed to fighting crime and terrorism using all means possible to secure the country while supporting efforts by Muslim leaders to assist the government by identifying those behind terrorist activities.
He spoke during a church service at ACK Saint Polycarp Parish, Starehe constituency.
On issues of Dadaab refugees, Ruto said it is time for the camp to be relocated to Somalia noting that Kenya “has been too generous to them for the past 30 years.”
Even with this, he said the country need more police officers who are better equipped to protect the country.
He assured that police recruitment will be done yearly until the country had a good force.
Some10,000 police recruits are set to join the police service which currently has 50,000 police officers.
Ruto also faulted leaders who were “cheering” Al -Shabaab actions within the country saying it was time for the country to be united against its enemies.
He told critics of the government that the Kenya Defence Forces will not leave Somalia despite numerous calls by the Opposition who has linked the continued terror attacks to KDF presence in Somalia.
“This is not the time to blame each other, we must stand together irrespective of our religion, region or political affiliation…to build a united prosperous country,” he said.
He said Kenyans should support North Eastern leaders who have offered to help in the identification of the financiers instead of incriminating them.
More than10 Members of Parliament who were joined by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero urged Muslim leaders to assist the government deal with terror by identifying individuals either recruiting or financing terrorists.
Kidero said Kenya is one indivisible country which will not be divided along tribal or religious line.