NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan university students marched in the capital on Tuesday to demand more security from the government after gunmen killed 148 people at a campus in the eastern town of Garissa last week.
A citizens group held a vigil in Nairobi’s main park later in the evening, grieving for those killed in the attack claimed by al Shabaab Islamists based in neighbouring Somalia.
Last Thursday, gunmen from the al Qaeda-aligned group stormed Garissa University College, some 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border.
On Tuesday, hundreds of students from different universities walked through Nairobi’s streets, singing and shouting. Some headed to the president’s office to present a petition.
“Enough is enough. The government must tackle the issue of insecurity seriously,” said John Derrick, a student at the Technical University of Kenya.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
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Government officials were not immediately available to comment.
The local Citizen Television reported that the government had frozen 86 bank accounts and 13 foreign exchange bureaus and hawalahs, informal money transfer shops, to cut off funding for radicals linked to al Shabaab.
During the vigil in Uhuru Park, hundreds of people lit candles and placed roses in a corner where dozens of white crosses were planted and adorned with Kenyan flags.