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We made mistakes in Garissa, State House admits

09 April 2015, 17:45 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government made mistakes in Garissa, State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu has admitted.

The state has been under fire over the response it gave to the attacks at the Garissa University College which saw 148 people, mostly students killed by members of the Al Shabaab terror group.

Esipisu did admit that there were mistakes that were made Thursday during a meeting with editors in Nairobi but pleaded that the government needed time to learn its trade and has largely improved on its reaction to such incidences.

" Was the operation in Garissa perfect? Not at all. There were mistakes made. That we admit," he said.

" It is always a learning curve. It is not easy at all because the terrorist holds all the cards. They know the plan, they know the time, the place, the movement. It is our job to stop it and it is not easy," he added.

He also said that the operation was hindered by the fact that there was need to save lives of as many hostages as possible.

" The first step is usually to save lives. We have to save as many lives as possible and that becomes a problem in as far as the operation is concerned," he continued.

" You want to save as many as possible. It is about planning and being as careful as possible," he added.

Esipisu and Information CS Fred Matiang'i also asked editors to give a better view of the country and not criticize all the time.

" Yes, there is freedom of speech and publication but I ask that we defend our country too. It is not always about the negatives but positives too," he added.

The government has been under pressure over its utterances as regards the attacks after foreign affairs CS Amina Mohammed was quoted on an interview on CNN as saying that the operation to eliminate the terror attack in Garissa was succesful despite the loss of 148 lives.

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