By Derrick Kiplagat
The Principal of Garissa University College, Professor Ahmed Warfa, through an internal memo has ordered the employees of the university to report to the acting Deputy Principal Finance, Administration and Planning by 1st July, to resume their work. The Principal has asked all administrative and support staff that relocated to Moi University Main Campus in Kesses, to report back with immediate effect.
Professor Warfa, in the memo directs the heads of finance department, procurement, internal audit and other administrative units to ensure that all items relocated from the University College be moved back to Garissa.
The memo adds that all the inventory of items that were moved from Garissa in May and those to be moved back, be submitted to the Deputy Principal Finance and Planning. The Deputy Principal Academic and Student affairs is set to release a vehicle to ferry the items from Eldoret to Garissa.
The memo continues to state that “Considering that teaching of our students who were relocated to Moi University Main Campus has come to an end, and end of semester exams will start on 6th July 2015, most of administrative activities will no longer be necessary in Eldoret.” Those who are in charge of coordinating the exams are however exempted from the directive and would report back as soon as the exam period is over.
The move by the Principal has, however, not been received well by a majority of the staff, who have maintained that they are not assured of their safety should they honor the directive to move by Professor Warfa. They added that they might be targets if they report back.
“The university college was shut down indefinitely by Cabinet Secretary Professor Jacob Kaimenyi and we have not gotten any information that the university has been reopened,” said a member of staff who declined to be identified on record.
The member of staff mentioned that his job and those of his colleagues were on the line since there were no students at the University College, most of them having been absorbed by the main campus. Another member of staff stated that they would only report back to Garissa once they are assured that the government has heavily invested in the university’s security.
“We have seen how daring some of the terrorists have been to an extent of even attempting to attack army barracks where there are weapons and personnel trained in combat, we are just lecturers, administrators and support staff, we are easy target!, ” she said.
Garissa University College witnessed on of the most daring and brutal terrorist attacks carried out by the Al-Qaeda linked militia terror group Al-Shabaab in which 148 lives were lost. Since the attack, the militia has carried out an unsuccessful raid on an army barrack in Baure, Lamu, where 11 of the militia men were killed.
The Kenya government has launched several operations into Somalia where the group is believed to be based and destroyed several training camps and reported the elimination of several of the group’s leaders.