State admits mistakes in its response to Garissa massacre

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu addresses reporters in the past. Mr Esipisu on April 9, 2015 admitted lapses in the government's response to the Garissa University College massacre that claimed 148 lives. FILE PHOTO |

What you need to know:

  • State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu on Thursday told editors in Nairobi that there were shortcomings in the State's response to the Al-Shabaab massacre.

  • He defended the early arrival of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet to Garissa before the security forces did.
  • On accusations that the State was killing the morale of officers who felled the terrorists by paying them a Sh500 allowance, Mr Esipisu said the work of the security officers was to save lives and the allowance was not a priority at that moment.

  • Mr Esipisu also denied claims that the UK government had shared intelligence on the attack with the Kenyan government.

  • Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, who hosted the editors, asked Kenyan media to be patriotic.

The government has admitted that there were lapses in the security response to the Garissa University College terrorist attack that left 148 people dead.

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