Same old story in Garissa, despite terror attack
21 April 2015, 13:01
Nairobi - On return to Garissa a paltry 19 days after terror attack, nothing has changed in the manner in which security is handled by authorities.
Last week, speaking to relatives of victims of the ones that died in the terror attack on the Garissa University College, their only hope was that the government would do its best to honour their children by ensuring that such an attack does not happen again in Kenya.
But on my return to Garissa, one can argue that nothing has changed, well, according to the locals.
" There is nothing new that has changed. Police are busy harassing members of the public. They are not asking us to help deal with terrorism. They treat us as terrorists and we are not, a Hussein Jarri, a Garissa resident of 27 years told News24.
" We have been here before. There have been attacks in Garissa before and in the aftermath there is usually a heavy police presence then after a week everything goes back to normal," he adds.
And it is true.
There is a visible number of police officers and army personnel in the town and there is still the feeling of the aftermath of a bad event.
But it ends there.
Jibril Hassan says that there have been several swoops in the town since the attack but they have all targeted peace loving locals.
" We have been harassed daily and beaten up and we have done nothing wrong. They know where to find Al Shabaab. Why are they beating up our children?," he posed.
" They are beating innocent people and closing legitimate businesses. Where should we go to?," he adds.
Monday afternoon there was a swoop at the town's main market where dozens without Identification documents were arrested. Whether that will solve the issues of insecurity in the town waits to be seen.
" The 147 have been forgotten already. What is going on in Garissa serves not to honour their memory, but harm innocent Kenyans in the process.
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