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Strathmore fires security director over bungled security drill

By EVELYNE MUSAMBI

Strathmore University has fired the institution’s security directors over last month’s bungled security drill that left one person dead.

The institution has further started the process of recruiting a suitable security director.

In a statement published in the Daily Nation on Wednesday, the university said the decision was arrived at after investigations by an independent committee that was appointed on December 12.

“The committee delivered its report to the council, which has subsequently taken the following actions; suspended three senior members of the university team pending further investigations into their role and culpability,” read the statement in part.

DEAD VICTIM

Other actions listed included the disbandment of the security committee and engaging the Independent Police Oversight Authority to investigate the role played by the police.

The institution will also constitute a suitable security committee and put in place an emergency evacuation plan.

During the November 30 incident, a staff member of the institution died while at least 20 students were injured. The security drill was conducted to gauge the institution’s level of preparedness in responding to a terror attack.

The 33-year-old employee, who had worked at the institution’s catering department since August 2012, died in hospital where she and others injured were being treated.