â€œHow sure are we that some of the students transferring to Main are not sympathizers of the insurgents who aided the Garissa attack as â€˜inside menâ€™?â€
Well, that has been the major apprehension arising from some quarters within, in response to the decision made by Senate (in consultation with the Ministry) to have the students transferred from Garissa University College (GUC) to Moi-Main.
GUC, then a constituent college of Moi (pending full-fledging), died on the 2nd of April and ceased to exist that very same day it was brought down by the Alshabaab attack. Consequently, it remains the obligation of the Mother University (Moi) to reabsorb it into the system.
Indeed, the security concerns that were raised cannot be ignored. The same questions posed by the students, were also asked by the administrators before taking the crucial decision, and something had to be done over the same. As up to this moment, ample screening has been done; on each and every individual coming, both on staff and students, and all â€œrisksâ€ sieved out.
But that alone is not enough; the university has taken to a myriad other measures just to avert any risk that may lurk anyway. As at the moment, from the recommendation given before, a Police post is being set up within the university (next to the University water treatment plant). This will add to the number of 16 armed patrol officers.
This is complementary to other measures being instituted; solar floodlights, comprehensive inspection of vehicles at the Main entrance and erection of a perimeter wall around the campus. Introduction of â€œBasic Defense Trainingâ€ in the curriculum for all students is due to be implemented, as a recommendation presented by the MUSO Chairperson to the Education Ministry during the convention of all Student Leaders.
BACK TO OUR 642 GARISSA BRETHREN
While other people and universities world over have shown solidarity by lighting candles and exhibiting different events, ours would be to offer solace and to the survivors by accommodating them among us.
To date, the survivors of the said attack still tell moving tales of how they survived it all;
â€¢ â€œhaving to survive on body lotion as meal inside wardrobesâ€
â€¢ â€œhaving to smear oneself with the blood of a slain colleague and stuff yourself among dead bodies just to surviveâ€
These are the same tales that theyâ€™ll come to tell share with us over on 20th as they join. They are our colleagues, equivalent of us. They still hold the will to continue with life, beat the odds and grow their future through education. The best we can offer is not to kill such strong spirits by denying them a chance to be part of us. We shall show to them warmth, and mingle in welcoming them.
The only petition to all comrades; we welcome our Garissa brethren.
–Adapted from Moi University Press Club, The 3rd Eye.