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KENYA: 147 Killed in Garissa Campus Attack

The construction of roads and water drainage systems, prescription the upgrading of informal settlements, story affordable housing, stomach environment protection, employment and sustainable urbanization, greening of the City as well as investment and business promotion are among the efforts to be consolidated to build more resilience for the Kigali City.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi today 02 April while opening the 100 Resilient Cities Program-Agenda Setting Workshop in Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali.

“100 Resilient Cities Program” that was pioneered by Rockfeller Foundation aims at helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21th century.

The Premier pointed out that the workshop is a good opportunity for the City of Kigali to improve its existing resilience efforts as well as a good forum to bring together key partners of the City of Kigali and its stakeholders in consolidating and building more urban resilience for Kigali City.

“The Government of Rwanda considers Kigali membership to the 100 Resilient Cities Program as an opportunity to demonstrate its ability and capacity to uplift resilience not only locally but both nationally and internationally, and therefore supports all efforts in strengthening resilience,” said Murekezi.

The City of Kigali was selected to be among the 100 Resilient cities due to its longstanding commitment to implement solutions that increase community’s capacities to prepare for, withstand and bounce back from shock and stresses.

Located at Rwanda’s geographical heart, the rapidly growing City of Kigali is not only the national capital, but also the country’s most important business centre.

City of Kigali, which started in 1907 as a small colonial outpost with little link to the outside world, is now 100 years old. Today, City of Kigali has come of age-as the capital of Rwanda and made phenomenal strides.


It is a city that has not just survived, but has prevailed and has grown into a modern metropolis- a heart of the emerging Rwandan economy and a pride of every Rwandan.

Among the safest and friendliest of African capitals, City of Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate that belies its tropical location, and is conveniently located within three hours’ drive of the main tourist sites.
The United States has strongly condemned al-Shabaab’s “heinous terrorist attack” Thursday at Garissa University College, order which has resulted in the deaths and injuries of many Kenyans.

Official statistics have put the death toll at 147, rx with 79 injured at the learning institution near the border with Somalia.

“We extend our deepest condolences to all who have been affected.  We also offer our profound appreciation and gratitude to the members of the Kenyan security services who are risking their lives to end this cowardly attack, buy information pills ” said Samantha Power, U.S. Envoy to United Nations.

Power said the attack once again “reinforces the need for all countries and communities to unite in the effort to combat violent extremism.”

She said the United States remains a committed friend of Kenya.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with the government and people of Kenya in the effort to end the scourge of terrorism,” he added.

The Al Shabaab have claimed responsibility for the raid which started at around 5:00m with militants firing at students indiscriminately and taking over their hostels.

Interior Minister Joseph Nkaiserry told press today evening that 500 students had been rescued by security agencies.

He also urged the public to report to authorities should they spot the suspected mastermind of the attacks identified as Mohammed Gamadhere.

A Dusk to dawn curfew (6.30pm -6.30am) has been imposed in 4 counties -Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Tana River to allow armed forces beef up security.

The suspected planner of today's attacks
The suspected planner of today’s attacks

Elite units of Kenya armed forces have since been deployed at the university to fight the terrorists.

Today’s attack evoked memories of the Westgate Shopping Mall attack in Nairobi in 2013 in which scores were killed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Kenyans to “stay calm as we resolve this matter, and to provide the authorities with any information they may have in connection with any threats to our security.”

He said his Government has “undertaken appropriate deployment to the affected area, and is fully seized of the situation.”

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