Varsity Holds Memorial & Prayers for Garissa Attack Victims

“He shall cover you with his feathers and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.  You shall not be afraid of the terror at night, nor of the arrow that flies by day. Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.” PSALMS 91: 4-6

Prof. Mabel Imbuga lead faithfuls in lighting candles during the memorial service

Prof. Mabel Imbuga leads faithfuls in lighting candles during the memorial service

Sombre mood engulfed JKUAT Assembly Hall, Tuesday as Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga led students and staff in interfaith prayers and memorial for the Garissa University College terror victims. The congregation lit candles and offered prayers to the affected families as Kenya grapples with the second worst terror trail.

Maurice Munene, a second year Computer technology student whose friend lost a sister in the carnage, moved the audience with a passionate call for interfaith harmony and the need to eliminate terror elements in the midst of Kenyans.

Student leaders led by President, Erick Jomo condoled with the families and urged colleagues to be vigilant in order to deter such attacks.

“It is unfortunate incident for our country. We must be our brothers and sisters keeper,” said Jomo.

Prof. Njoroge delivers the sermon during the memorial

Prof. Njoroge delivers the sermon during the memorial

Delivering a riveting sermon, presiding chaplain, Fr. Lawrence Njoroge, talked of the values of friendship, of family and obedience to God. Prof. Njoroge further instructed the youth on making wise decisions and need to see beyond things of the world and commune with the Creator.

Abdi Siyaro, a fourth year civil engineering student of the Muslim faith called on Kenyans to work towards a common good instead of polarizing the country on religious lines.

Siyaro who is also the leader of students from Garissa county studying at JKUAT, condemned the University attack, saying that as a devoted Muslim, nowhere in the 114 chapters of Quran is terror allowed or encouraged.

Prof. Imbuga eulogized the fallen students as energetic and brilliant young men and women whose lives were brutally brought to an end while searching for a better future. The Vice Chancellor cautioned Kenyan youth against fanatism, and called for moderation in behaviour and sobriety in their daily undertakings.

A section of the congregation during the service

A section of the congregation during the service

The Vice chancellor informed the audience JKUAT had heightened security surveillance and urged students and staff to co-operate in an effort to safeguard lives and property.

And with serenading worship songs and instrumentals, the congregation lit candles in remembrance of the departed souls.

Heavily armed terrorists held Garissa University College in 15 hour siege on April 2, 2015 in which 147 students lost their lives and scores others injured.

The session was also addressed by Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of academic affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and attended by a number of staff.

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