By Roncliff Odit
It is now emerging that Strathmore University could have ignored safety safeguards during its chaotic security drill that left one person dead and several others injured.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has since ordered investigations into the failed drill that also left a college professor and three students nursing life threatening injuries
Uneasy calm has returned at the university, a day after an employee of the university died and more than 30 others were left wounded after a security drill went awry.
33-year old Esther Rusha Kidambi who worked at the catering department of the institution died while receiving treatment at the university’s dispensary.
And as her family tries to come to terms with the events preceding her death, it has emerged that the university disregarded protocol during the drill.
Langata Police Station commanders have been accused of conducting the drill without informing their seniors at Vigilance House, Nairobi Area Police Commander Japheth Koome and CID Chief Ireri Kamwende.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has now appointed community policing boss Leo Nyongesa to lead investigations into the drill to establish the successes and failures of the exercise and possible negligence in its planning.
According to eye witnesses, armed security officers dressed like Al Shabaab militants entered the university, fired shots and shouted that they were members of the terror group.
It was a stampede, with people wading away from the campus across a river, throwing themselves out of high windows or hiding and calling their loved-ones.
The drill had been organized by the university and security agencies to test the students’ alertness and response.