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Kenyans lament government confusion over Garissa attacks

26 May 2015, 16:04 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Kenyans have raised questions over the manner in which the government has handled the Garissa attacks on police officers.

There have been several different and conflicting reports from official government sources on the attacks, with some stating that there had been dead police officers, others stating not, others on the number of injured as well as many other conflicting reports.

Kenyans on social media as well as those on the streets of Nairobi had no kind words for the government as it displayed a number of mistakes over the situation in Yumbis, in Garissa where police had been attacked by Al Shabaab militants.

Officials said more than 10 officers may have been killed in Monday night's ambush near Garissa, the scene of last month's university massacre, while media reports said the number of dead could be as high as 20.

Garissa's County Commissioner James Kianda, however, contradicted the accounts and insisted to reporters in Garissa that all officers had been accounted for. Interior Cabinet Secretary also said that no officers had yet been confirmed dead.

Later on, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery said 1 officer had been injured, with police chief Joseph Boinett stating that they were 5.

This followed State House mourning the dead officers, though it later retracted the statement.

" The levels of confusion are baffling even for a layman, Justus Ongwae said on Facebook. How can the government claim to be in control with this level of confusion," he stated.

Mary Wanjue was also of the opinion the government should be doing better.

" It is baffling for the government to make such blunders. Where is the committee dealing with this matter. I'm guessing there should be one which is incharge," she also stated on Facebook.

On the streets of Nairobi, Kenyans too were shocked by the nature of the attacks.

" If police can be ambushed in such a manner, then we are not safe. Something has to be done," Zedekiah Ngugi,a Newspaper vendor said of the attacks.

John Odongo, a boda boda operator was also surprised by the confusion witnessed.

" The government in itself has managed to cause confusion of the highest order. They do not communicate it clearly shows because why are they contradicting each other? It is not a good message to send to Kenyans," he said.

This is the third invasion in Yumbis by Shabaab militants in the space of 10 days, thus the various messages of disbelief from Kenyans who are clearly disillusioned by the manner in which the government is treating insecurity.

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