By Arnold Neliba
With one hand on the pistol grip and another on the trigger, uniformed and disciplined police officers lined along Ngamia Road off Garissa-Wajir highway. It is the busiest street in Garissa town and on a turn to the left, it leads to Our Lady of Consolation Cathedral, the venue for the episcopal consecration and installation of the third bishop of the Catholic diocese of Garissa, Rt. Rev. George Muthaka OFM Cap.
This would be the first big celebration of the Catholic Church in the diocese largely dominated by Muslims and perceived to be insecure and highly volatile bearing the past strings of terror attacks and threats.
At the entrance of the cathedral, were security checks, a controlled entry and exit with anticipation of heavy traffic. According to the Deputy County Commissioner for Garissa, Mr Solomon Komen Chesut, the operations comprised a multi-sectoral approach.
“We have deployed in total about 200 police officers who have taken care of the entir