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University students seek transfers following terror scare

20 June 2015, 08:52 John Kioko

Kwale - Technical University of Mombasa students council organization has called for transfer of students from its Kwale campus to Mombasa to prepare for examination following a terror attack rumor at the campus.

The council organization Secretary General, Nyangor Hillary said the terror scare has forced students to leave the institution for fear of attack.

“There is a person who went to a cyber cafe and typed a letter indicating that there was an impending attack at Mabokoni TUM campus hotels and tuition block in Kwale. The letter was found in Diani and is now at the hands of police,” he said.

He said that students are no longer residing at the school hostels, with three quarters of boys leaving and all ladies seeking refuge in other places.

Speaking to the media after visiting the school and Msambweni police station to confirm the letter on Friday, Nyangor said that the students are supposed to start their exams on June 29.

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“Students union is of the opinion that the students should be transferred to Mombasa to prepare for their exams at a secure place,” he added.

He said that the school management has done nothing to address the issue.

“We don’t want an incident like that of Garisa University College to happen for our leaders and security agents to take action. It is either now or never,” he said.

Frankline Shiala, a student at the institution, said that the person who typed the letter gave all the information about the operations and population of the students at the campus.

Another student, Mary Lyne wondered why the school management was not addressing the issue.

“We were told when the attackers come, we should hurl stones at them and run away using the back exit. Imagine that is what the management is telling us,” said.

A senior officer at TUM Kwale campus who cannot be named said that there is a general security alert in all public institutions.

“All campuses in the country have security officials patrolling them; we have three here. The government has directed all universities to deploy police,” said the source.

Kwale county commissioner, Evans Achoki told journalists that they are investigating the matter.

“We have some information about the issue and investigation is being done now,” he said.

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