Uhuru should have cleared Strathmore terror drill: IG Boinnet
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has denied police involvement in the botched security drill at Strathmore University that left one person dead and 20 students injured.
Mr Boinnet said in a press statement that such a security drill could only be authorized by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Security drill on disaster preparedness is a very highly professional activity and must follow protocol on modalities of authorization,” Mr Boinnet said in a statement.
“Activities of this nature calling for rapid deployment and mobilization of specialized security units must only be authorized and be coordinated by the highest security office in the country,” the statement said.
The statement also urged institutions to stop undertaking such drills on their own.
“We therefore want to dissuade institutions from undertaking such drills on their own. The drills can be undertaken on disaster preparedness but high protocol of authorization must be sought. This must not happened again”
The Inspector General office said investigations are underway to establish the circumstances in which the exercise went wrong resulting into death and injuries.
JUMP FROM BUILDINGS
During the drill some students jumped from upper floors of tall buildings, leading to the limb injuries.
Shocked students narrated how the mock attack happened, their escape from class and nearby hostels and the frightening sight of the “attackers”.
The drill was conducted near the Student Centre where most students gather before and after classes.
Students said those involved in the exercise ‘‘carried real guns’’ and wore attire similar to those used by Al-Shabaab attackers.
The learners faulted the University for failing to inform them prior to the drill, saying they would have been better prepared and injuries would have been avoided.
Parents of the injured students also said it was wrong for the university to conduct the drill without proper preparations.
Most of the injured were rushed to Nairobi West Hospital and some to Nairobi Hospital. Two of them were placed in the Intensive Care Unit at Nairobi West Hospital.