Technical University of Mombasa is set to conduct a biometric exercise on all its students to cushion them against engaging in extremism.
Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Laila Abubakar said the exercise which begins next week is aimed at ensuring none of the students is enrolled in terrorist gangs.
Laila issued a stern warning to TUM’s 2016 first year during orientation exercises held at Kwale and the main campus at the weekend.
Laila was flanked by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Joseph Rasowo, Kwake Campus Director Dr Anwar Hood, School of business and Applied and Health Science deans Dr William Kingi and Dr Josiah Ogalo, Academic Affairs and Administration and Planning Acting Registrars Sera Welime and Sera Okumu among other top officials.
“As you settle down for your studies at TUM, you need to beware of radicalization issue which is with us. Terrorists are now targeting young university students like you to advance their mission,” she said.
Liala’s sentiments came in the wake of an attempted terror attack on Mombasa County’s Central Police Station on Sunday when three young women were gunned down and several suspects rounded up.
She said radicalization has nothing to do with Islam saying terror gangs were brainwashing young people in guise of advancing Islamic teaching.
“Terrorists are not Muslims because Islam does not condone killing of any for. Islam says you kill one person, you kill a whole nation; you save one person, you save a whole nation,” she said.
She also urged the staff to confirm with the security guidelines of the university to boost security within and outside the institution.
On academics, Laila urged the students to take studies seriously saying those who will not meet the expectations of the university will face stiff penalties.
“Our core-business here is academics and although no one will be watching your moves, those who perform bellow our expectation will face still penalties,” she said.
Okumu who rooted for morality among female students called on the students to carry their student IDs within and without the campuses for security reason.
“For the lady students being principled and well-mannered will earn you respect from all and sundry,” Okumu said.