Five schools torched in separate incidents

By Lynace Mwashighadi

Five schools have been torched in separate incidents in different counties as the wave of school fires continues. 

The latest case is in Embu County where Embu high school was razed down on Sunday night after students went on the rampage for fear of mock examinations.

Preliminary investigations reveal that a section of students assembled gas lamps around the school before torching the institution during evening preps, a situation that caused a stampede.

Confirming the incident, Embu West DCIO, Joseph Kiptoo, said three form four and two form three students are in custody in connection with the incident.

Students claim inadequate food supply could also have contributed to the act.

Arson attacks were also reported at St Teresa’s Bikeke girls in Kitale, Itibo boys in Kisii, St Angelic girls Meru and Tuilwet high school in Kericho County.

At least 16 schools have been torched in a span of less than one month.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiangi, is this week expected to appear before the Senate to explain measures undertaken to mitigate school unrest in the country.


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