Garissa se­cure ahead of KCSE - Kianda

‘We have scaled up pa­trols on routes sus­pected to be used by al Shabaab’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @StephenAs­tariko

Se­cu­rity has been im­proved through­out Garissa county to en­sure the KCSE ex­am­i­na­tions, which started yes­ter­day, are not dis­rupted. Speak­ing af­ter tour­ing schools, county com­mis­sioner James Kianda said se­cu­rity has been strength­ened on the Kenya-So­ma­lia bor­der where fre­quent at­tacks have oc­curred re­cently.

The at­tacks have been in Holugho, Fafi and Dadaab sub­coun­ties, which bor­der So­ma­lia. On Septem­ber 22, two po­lice of­fi­cers were re­ported miss­ing af­ter an al Shabaab at­tack at the Hamey pa­trol base.

The at­tack­ers stole ma­chine guns, about 1,000 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, po­lice uni­forms and a po­lice pickup truck.

“We have dis­patched one APC and scaled up pa­trols on routes sus­pected to be used by al Shabaab to cross into the coun­try,” Kianda said.

He said 3,762 can­di­dates will sit the exam in the seven sub-coun­ties. Among the can­di­dates, 2,693 are boys, while 1,069 are girls.

Speak­ing at the Garissa High School, Leonard Owambo, a mem­ber of Knec, said the ex­ams had started off well with no re­ported prob­lems.

“It’s a se­ri­ous a busi­ness and the stakes are very high. Ex­ams are now be­com­ing a mat­ter of na­tional se­cu­rity,” Owambo said.

At Garissa High School, 163 stu­dents will write their ex­ams, apart from one who is said to have flown to the US.

A to­tal of 577,253 can­di­dates are sit­ting the exam in 9,158 cen­ters across the coun­try. Among them are 274,423 girls and 302,830 boys.

‘EX­AMS ARE NOW BE­COM­ING A MAT­TER OF NA­TIONAL SE­CU­RITY’

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