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Police ignored Garissa attack warnings

30 April 2015, 18:26 William Korir

Nairobi - Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has admitted that security forces knew but ignored intelligence pointing to an attack on the Garissa University College.

The CS admitted Thursday before a parliamentary committee probing the Garissa attack that evidence points to the Garissa police forces receiving information on the attack but not taking any action.

He admitted that the pointers led to him suspending the said officers from office to probe the allegations and if necessary jail the officers for committing murder.

" Mistakes were made and intelligence was ignored, I am afraid. That is why we have taken action and suspended the said officials from office while we investigate the matter, he said before the Committee on National Security.

Nkaissery was especially critical towards former Lamu County Commissioner Miiri Njenga who was transferred to Garissa as the County Commissioner for the attack.

Njenga had earlier been transferred from Lamu after the attacks in Mpeketoni which saw over 100 people killed last year in terrorist attacks.

" There is a possibility and I think we transferred a problem," he said of Njenga.

" The County commissioner is the wrong person because he received this information and did not act on it; it happened again like it happened in Lamu and that is why we have interdicted him," Nkaissery added.

Over 30 senior police officers from the region have been suspended in the aftermath of the Garissa attacks and Nkaissery says they will face criminal charges if found guilty of actually ignoring intelligence.

" They will face criminal charges if found guilty. No doubt about that whatsoever," he said.

" It is an offence to not act on information that leads to grievous harm and they will be treated like so if found guilty, he added.

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