Jacob Kaimenyi, the senate now shut down Garissa University

Some of the Garissa University College students who were rescued by Kenya Defence Forces on April 2, 2015. The government and the university's senate shut down the college indefinitely on April 3, 2015. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE |

What you need to know:

  • Prof Kaimenyi said after wide consultation with the university's senate, they decided to close the institution indefinitely. 

  • He said all the affected students would be transferred to Moi University main campus so that their learning calendar is not disrupted.
  • His ministry in conjunction with Ministry of Health, he said, shall counsel all the affected students and their parents.

Garissa University College was closed on Friday after Al-Shabaab killed 147 students and wounded over 79.

Addressing survivors of the attack at Garissa military camp, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi said the college was closed indefinitely after wide consultations.

Prof Kaimenyi said all the surviving students would transfer to Moi University's main campus so that their learning calendar is not disrupted.

His ministry and that of Health, he said, would counsel all the students and their parents.


The Education CS said the government would boost security at all learning institutions in the country to deter a repeat of the Garissa University College massacre.

At the same time, the government has provided four helicopters to airlift people who were critically injured in the gun attack to Nairobi for specialised treatment.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said 10 National Youth Service buses had also been sent to ferry over 300 students camping at the military camp.

He said the attack shocked the country and the international community, and that the government is determined to lessen the trauma and burden of affected families.


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