The university hosted some 800 students before the massacre. Security conditions have been strengthened with the construction of a police station within the institution, says Warfa. A perimeter fence is also planned.
“I wish to be armed and know how to use a gun that night, I would have fought with the attackers and I would have at least made sure to save some of my students,” said director of reopening .
The attack on the University of Garissa, April 2, 2015, is the deadliest ever conducted in Kenya by the Shabaab, who have pledged allegiance to al Qaeda. Of the 148 victims, 142 were students, most executed in cold blood.
Kenya is one of the prime targets for Shabaab since October 2011, when Nairobi began providing a military contingent to the force of the African Union in Somalia (AMISOM), which has about 22,000 soldiers.
The Shabaab are also responsible for the attack against the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in 2013 (67 dead), and massacred a hundred people in raids against the villages of the Kenyan coast in June and July 2014.
Expelled since mid-2011 in Mogadishu, and their main strongholds in central and southern Somalia, the Shabaab still control large rural areas, where they are conducting operations guerrilla and suicide attacks – sometimes even in the Somali capital – against the symbols or the fragile Somali government against AMISOM.