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Peace activists organize cultural event, call for re-opening of Garissa University college

By Hussein Ahmed


a local mother comforts students during the day of attack

Up to 200 people yesterday converged at Garissa University College to attend an arts and culture event organized by peace activist calling for the reopening of the campus.

This comes after the only University College in North Eastern Kenya remained closed following the deadly Al-shabaab attack on April 2 in which up to 148 people were killed most of them students.

While the Parent Moi University in Eloderet has adopted regular students, Parallel students in the Constituent College cried fowl as they were left in the cold.

The activists led by Journalist Lolani Kalu organized the four-day arts and culture festival where that also included a candle lighting ceremony to remember those who perished there. Up to 148 trees will also be planted in their memory.

According to Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, the Garissa University College will not be re-opened any time soon after it was closed following the terror attack in April.

Kaimenyi had said stakeholders from the college are yet to consult on whether to reopen it or not.

Kaimenyi told the parliamentary committee on education that many people are still traumatized after the siege hence it would not be wise to reopen it now.

On April 2nd, 2015, gunmen stormed the Garissa University College in Garissa, Kenya killing 148 people and injuring 79 others.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack which ended the same day when all four of the attackers were killed.


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