Parents and guardians of 28 students murdered during the bloody Garissa university college terror attack five years ago have proposed that a three-judge bench to hear their petition in a case in which they have sued the state for negligence.
Through human rights advocacy group, Kituo Cha Sheria, the parents want the Chief Justice David Maraga to form a tribunal that will hear their case.
The hearing of the petition is yet to start and the affected parents have raised new concerns on terrorism, human rights and national security which had not been included earlier. One of the concerns raised is a debate on whether it is the responsibility of the government to offer protection in times of a terrorist attack.
The parents also want the court to order the Independent Policing and Oversight Authority IPOA in collaboration with the Commission on Administrative Justice CAJ to make public the reports on the university attack.
The report has the findings of the investigations conducted by the government on the attack that claimed innocent lives of 147 students on the morning of April 3, 2015.
According to Kituo cha Sheria, the laxity by the government agencies to provide information on the attack is making it difficult for parents to get justice.
The parents are demanding to know how fast the elite Recce squad of the General Service Unit of the police arrived at the university following the attack. They also want to know the reason that led to the delay of the elite team.
They are also interested in knowing the culpability of government officers before and after the attack and whether any State officers were found culpable following the attack and whether they were interdicted.
Those sued in the case include Defence, Education and Interior Cabinet secretaries, National Police Service Inspector General, the university, Attorney-General, Ipoa, and CAJ.
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