Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta spent the better part of Thursday writing letters to every family of the 147 victims of last week’s attack on Garissa University, p by the Somali based terror groups Alshabaab.
The devastating assault, the worst in Kenya since 1998, happened Wednesday last week when four gunmen attack Garrissa University in the eastern part of the country and shot indiscriminately at students in the wee hours of the morning, killing 147 and injuring around 80.
The country is still engulfed in grief, mourning and anger amongst sections of the populace, who hold that the national armed forces took so long, [more than 9 hours] to make a response, and that perhaps a big number of the victims could have been saved.
President Kenyatta today Thursday at the State House, wrote letters containing condolence messages to each of the bereaved families.
He commented, “I wrote to them in humility to express my regret at the loss of their beloved children. I asked them to accept my condolences and that of the entire country. I promise that as a Nation, we shall never forget them, nor forgive those who took their lives.”
Kenyatta added, “My Government is increasing efforts to contain the threat of terrorism we assure you of justice for this brutality. We pledge to work harder for a better and more just country in honour of the memory of those we have lost.”
The gesture was however received with mixed feelings from Kenyans, many of whom welcomed his efforts to comfort the families. Others were nonetheless furious and demanded that the country steps up its efforts to combat terrorism.