Court postpones judgement on Garissa University terror attack suspects

The court has postponed the judgement on four Garissa University terror suspects to June 18.

The suspects, Mohamed Abikar, Hassan Edin Hassan, Sahal Diriy and Tanzanian Rashid Charles Mberesero they had been charged with conspiracy to kill 144 students, four security officers and two employees of the university.

Their judgment, which was scheduled to be delivered today, was deferred by Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.  Andayi said he needed more time to finish writing the verdict.

In the case, the suspects could be facing death sentences should they be found guilty of 150 counts of terrorism.

Meanwhile, the proposed construction of the 750 student’s capacity hostel at the Garissa University will now be completed in October.

Briefing the County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee (CDICC) during a site visit the contractor said the project is 90 percent complete and if funds request will availed, then the project will be delivered by October.

The project was awarded in November 25, 2013 and was to cost shs 427 million but was suspended after the April 2, 2015 terror attack that left 148 people majority of them students dead.

The project resumed in 2016 and due to delayed payments and increased project cost due to extended preliminaries the contractor has been paid shs 469.7 million.

Due to the project variations that also increased the hostel capacity to 992 students the cost went up by over shs 42 million.

The committee members also toured the shs 146 million perimeter wall project to secure the campus which is 95 percent complete.

Addressing the press after site visits, area county commissioner and chair if the committee Meru Mwangi said that the committee was impressed by the progress of the works on the two projects.

Mwangi urged the contractor to ensure that the project is not only delivered in time but done to the contract specifications in the Bill of Quantities (BQ).

He said that the government must get value for the money at the pumped into the two projects.

In a meeting with the University’s project committee that was attended by the Garissa vice chancellor Prof. Osman Warfa, the committee raised concern that when the 992 student capacity hostel will be completed, the students enrollment will go up.

Prof. Warfa said that there is need to start immediately the construction of more spacious tuition block because the current ones used by the university students were inherited from the Garissa teachers college whose capacity was 400 students.

“We appreciate the funding provided by the national government to the two projects but as the university expands, related needs come up,” Prof. Waefa said.

 

  

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