10 more students arrested over arson

10 secondary school boys are being held at Chogoria Police Station in relation to the burning of school dormitories Tuesday evening.

Three students from Kabui Mixed Secondary school are suspected to have set ablaze their dormitory while seven from St Daniel Boys’ high was arrested with petrol inside their school.

Addressing journalists this morning, Maara OCPD Johnston Kabusia confirmed that there were no injuries reported in the Kabui dormitory fire but said nothing was salvaged from the inferno.

He added that police are looking for three more boys suspected to have participated in the Kabui fire who fled after the incident.

Kabusia said the boys from St Daniel High School in police custody were arrested by teachers after they were seen receiving petrol from an unknown person through the fence.

He said the boys are being interrogated by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers and will be arraigned in court tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a dormitory went up in flames at Maliera Boys’ Secondary School a day after students issued a notice demanding a new bus.

Principal Samuel Oyondi said the fire at the school in Gem, Siaya county, started minutes to 7 pm.

The cause is yet to be established. No one was hurt as the students were having supper at the time but no property was salvaged.

Oyondi said signs of a plan to destroy the school’s property were seen after the students issued the notice. 10 students who presented the petition have since been arrested and will be arraigned in court Thursday on incitement charges.

Property worth millions of shillings was destroyed in a fierce fire that broke out in a dormitory at Eor-Ekule boys High School in Narok East.

Narok East sub-county commissioner Arthur Bunde said the fire broke out when all students were attending morning studies. He said they are conducting investigations to establish the cause of the fire.

No arrests have been made so far. Dormitory fires have become commonplace in the past few weeks for reasons that experts say include exam fever, soaring levels of indiscipline and lack of parental guidance.

About 47 schools have been affected by the incidents reported since May.

The Ministry of Education has maintained that those culpable will be treated as criminals.

 

 

  

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