Garissa University student missing 74 days after attack
16 June 2015, 18:09
Nairobi - 74 days after the dreadful Garissa University College attacks, one of the students from the University is yet to be accounted for as the government defends itself over its efforts to find her.
The student, Risper Mutindi Kasyoka, who has not been found since the deadly attack on the university on April 2 which saw 148 people, mostly students killed.
She was not found among the 148 bodies brought to Nairobi's Chiromo mortuary and her whereabouts are yet to be known.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery told a Parliamentary Committee that her whereabouts are a serious concern and that the government was using all resources available to find her.
" We have put in all efforts available to locate her. We will not declare her dead until after 7 years,"Nkaissery told the Committee.
However, The CS, who appeared before the National Assembly's Committee on Administration and National Security chaired by Asman Kamama, was put under pressure to explain why it was taking so long to find the missing girl.
" It is highly unfortunate that this issue has dragged for so very long. We wonder why the government, with all its agencies and machinery can fail to get leads on her wherabouts, Kamama complained to Nkaissery.
Nkaissery though said that he felt insulted that the MPs took his job for granted.
" It is really offensive that we are not appreciated when we are doing our best to find her," he whined.
Nkaissery also confirmed that one body had yet to be accounted for from the attacks, with the government exhausting its database on fingerprints in its search for the identity of the victim.
" We have tried to match the fingerprints of the body but they do no match (any) of the 30 million Kenyans we have in our records. We are (working to identify) the body,” said Nkaissery.
The body is being maintained at the Chiromo mortuary as the government tries to find out its identity.
The attack in Garissa was claimed by Al Shabaab militants, whose four soldiers were all killed in the attack.
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