Nine Kenyan officials have been suspended and could face charges of criminal negligence over the massacre at Garissa university earlier this month, the government said on Tuesday.
Militants from Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group attacked the university in the northeastern town on April 2, lining up non-Muslim students for execution and killing 148 people.
Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya’s interior minister, said two civil servants and seven senior police officers in Garissa appeared to have failed to mobilise ahead of the attack despite intelligence warnings.
“I take this opportunity to warn all officers bestowed with the responsibility for the management of security across the country. Each will be held accountable for any acts of omission that endangers the lives and property of Kenyans,” he said.
He added that the suspended officials were under investigation and would face formal criminal charges if evidence of negligence is uncovered.
The Kenyan government and the country’s notoriously corrupt security forces have come in for renewed criticism following the massacre, with Kenyan media alleging that warnings were ignored, the university left virtually unguarded and response times slow.