Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t seem to have heard much media coverage on the Kenyan Garissa University attack. In April, it popped up in the media for a day or two, yet the scale of the attack is on par with say, the 7/7 London bombings, if not worse, in shock-horror terms at least.
On 2 April 2015, at least 148 people were killed whilst 79 were wounded after al-Shabaab gunmen stormed a university in Kenya. The extremist militant group linked to Al-Qaeda, is bent on imposing an extreme and warped version of Islam into the country.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta immediately vowed to dish out a tough response “in the severest ways possible”.
A spokesperson for the Kenyan Embassy in the UK told TNT that “5 suspects have been arrested over the Garissa University terror attack and have been formally charged” in a Nairobi court with committing a terrorist act.
Mohamed Ali Abdikar, Hassan Aden Hassan, Sahal Diriye, Osman Abdi and Rashid Charles, a Tanzanian, denied 162 counts of terrorism and have been detained until June 11, when the court will rule on their bail terms.
The prosecution has opposed their release on bail, citing that they were suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists and their release may prejudice the trial.
Meanwhile, a hearing has been set for August 24 and 25 before the chief magistrate’s court in Milimani.
Amidst the tumbleweed silence, at least someone has been breathing new life into humanity by way of raising awareness of the importance of African lives. Blogger and freelance presenter, Antoine Allen highlight the detrimental effect of remaining quiet over this horrific incident.