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Garissa terrorist attack survivors report for studies at Eldoret campus

Students who survived last month’s terrorism attack on Garissa University College were on Wednesday received at Moi University in Eldoret where they will complete their studies.

Deputy vice-chancellor in charge of students’ affairs, Prof Nathan Ogechi, said they expected 650 students to join the main campus from the Garissa-based institution, which is its constituent college.

The April 2 terrorist attack killed 148 people – 142 of them students.

Prof Ogechi said the new group of students would report to the School of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Business and Economics and School of Information Sciences.

“We are talking about 349 first year and 308 second year-students. So far, we have admitted three quarters of these,” said Prof Ogechi.


The students will not be charged any fee upon admission and will be taught by their lecturers from GUC the Garissa college until next semester, when they are expected to join their Eldoret campus colleagues for classes.

The students will undertake their orientation on Thursday with the dean of students before going through trauma and psycho-social education by the university’s counsellors until Monday next week.

Moi University Students Organisation (MUSO) chairman Geoffrey Omondi assured the new students that security has been beefed up across the entire university, saying that plans were underway to have a police post set up at the university.

He said there is adequate accommodation for all the students.

This story was written for publication in the Daily Nation