Hundreds of Kenyans have held a vigil in a Nairobi park in memory of the victims of last week’s massacre at Garissa, their sadness mixed with anger.
Corruption killed them because if there was not corruption in this country that would have been prevented
It has emerged that the authorities learned of the attack before dawn. But it was seven hours before police commandos trained to deal with such a situation flew to the scene.
“They died. It was preventable but all we are saying in Kenya is that corruption killed them because if there was not corruption in this country that would have been prevented,” said human rights activist and vigil organiser Boniface Mwangi.
The photos of the 148 dead, posted in the park as well as on social media, were a deliberate reminder that the victims were not just numbers – that human beings had been killed, lives destroyed.
Earlier, students marched in the capital to demand more security from the government.
Several men suspected of links to the attack appeared in court on Tuesday.
They were remanded in custody as the chief magistrate granted prosecutors 30 days to complete their investigations.
Bank accounts have also been frozen and other measures taken to try to cut off funding from radicals linked to al-Shabaab.
The Islamist militant group has killed more than 400 people on Kenyan soil in two years.
The ease with which gunmen were able to stage a 15-hour siege and killing spree at Garissa has unnerved people still further.
Kenya has struck at al-Shabaab targets in Somalia, but clearly has trouble preventing extremists and weapons from crossing the 700-kilometre border.