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Garissa students should choose universities, Senator says

09 April 2015, 21:31 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Senate Deputy Speaker, Kembi Gitura has asked the government to allow over 600 rescued Garissa University College students get absorbed in universities of their choice in the country.

Gitura who is also the Murang’a County Senator welcomed the government’s directive for Moi University, a mother university to Garissa University, to accommodate the survived terror attack students.

However, he suggested that the students should be distributed in all universities particularly varsities of their choice across other than Moi University alone which he said some students may not feel comfortable to continue with their studies from there.

“The statement by Moi University Council to have the students admitted to the campus is welcome. It has shown how proactive the institution is but I think it has been rushed,” said Gitura.

“The students are so traumatized to go to Eldoret; the best thing now is for other universities closer to the homes of the affected students to admit them,” he added.

Gitura who spoke to the media in his office at Parliament Buildings asserted that he personally talked survivors of the attack from his county and the students told him that they are not ready to go to Moi campus in Eldoret, instead they want to be admitted in universities closer to their homes.

He also asked the government to provide adequate counselling to the traumatized students before proceeding with their education.

Moi University Vice Chancellor, Richard Mibey announced on Wednesday that all the 646 surviving students are expected to report to the main campus on May 20, 2015.

Mibey had said arrangements for the Garissa University students to be accommodated in the campus at Kesses were almost complete.

“As Moi University, we are making arrangements for all the students, teaching and non-teaching staff who survived the heinous terror attack to come here on May 20, 2015 so that they can carry on with their academic activities,” Mibey told journalists.

He said the 646 students will first be taken through orientation once they are received in the institution.

“We are going to arrange for these students to complete their semester here before we integrate them in our other satellite campuses of their own choice across the country,” said Mibey.

The rescued Garissa University College students mostly in their first, second and third years of study had only six weeks to complete their semester.

Mibey had indicated that security had been beefed up at the university’s satellite campuses following the Thursday Garissa University terror attack that left 148 students dead and over 100 wounded.

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