NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – Moi University is next week expected to announce the reopening of the Garissa University College, its constituent college which was closed following the Al Shabaab attack in April last year that claimed 147 lives.
An official from the school has told Capital FM News that already preparations for the reopening are underway, and that all staff were ordered to report on duty on January 4.
Pictures of lecturers arriving at the school were on Monday being circulated on social media amid excitement.
Deputy President William Ruto in December announced that government will finance completion of on-going projects in the university including construction of a police post. The Deputy President lauded leaders in Northern Kenya for forging a common stand in the fight against terrorism, among other criminal activities that had threatened peace in the region.
He said he was impressed that leaders in the region had come to terms with the fact that security matters were a collective responsibility where everybody must participate to get rid of criminal elements.
Kenyans on social media have welcomed the reopening saying education can only be the tool to wipe out terror and poverty in the region and the country at large.
However some have called on the government to ensure the unfortunate incident doesn’t recur.
Other than a police post, Kenyans participating in the social engagement on re-opening through #GarissaUniversityReopens trend on Twitter, say more needs to be done.
Among the proposals raised include the need for the government to enlighten the community on their role in security of the University and the benefits it brings. Here are some of the conversations on Twitter;
Xubbi Farah @xubbifarah this is good news. I pray that no institution would be a victim of the security apparatus inadequacy in 2016 #GarissaUniversityReopens
Ali AwDoll @AwDoll it’s only after putting ourselves beyond the possibility of defeat that we can defeat the enemy #GarissaUniversityReopens
Ahmedkadar @Ahmedkadar1 First Monday of January. Can’t get brighter than this for the people of NEP and the nation
Fuad Sheq Afaa @FuadRoomi The battle against terrorism is not only a war. #GarissaUniversityReopens is a battle that can bring the terror group down.
Ahmed Mohamed™ Bravery defined as #1stWeekOfJanuaryIsWhen #GarissaUniversityReopens. The pen is mightier than the gun.
Boniface Mwangi @bonifacemwangi Will Garissa Univ. set up a memorial for the heroes? Will hand over 148 masks with names #GarissaUniversityReopens
AbdiWahab C-Gat @bukharisigat Education is the key to success in life. We Kenyans have proof. Let’s keep that spirit #GarissaUniversityReopens
mercy amoh @mercyamoh The first step to healing is going back to where it all began, tripped but never fell, we just got up & moved on #GarissaUniversityReopens
Hon Kanini Kega @HonKaniniKega #GarissaUniversityReopens- classic tale of good triumph over evil, but more importantly it tells of the resilient unbreakable Kenyan spirit
Nanjala Nyabola @Nanjala1 Also a moment to commend all the staff, university board members and community who fought very hard for this day. #GarissaUniversityReopens
Brian Obuya @ThisManObuya We are hurt, We are wounded, We are in sorrow, but we are NOT and shall NEVER be BROKEN #GarissaUniversityReopens
Sam @wagurasam As #GarissaUniversityReopens know life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, We get stronger and more resilient.