By KBC Reporter
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion call to have schools closed earlier than planned by the Ministry of Education has received support from the Governor Joseph Ndathi.
The Kirinyaga County Governor says closing the schools now will help to avert more disasters.
Ndathi said the students are fatigued and require a break to calm their nerves and be fresh when learning resumes next term.
“Parents should take time to talk to their children during the holiday and help in quelling the continued destruction being witnessed,” said Governor Ndathi.
The county which was due to commission as Kshs. 48 Million fire fighting engine had to put it to use at Wahuru Girls High School when a fire broke out at the school.
‘’Early this morning even before the machine had been commissioned, we had to rush to Wanguru Girls High School, Mwea, where the students were suspected to have set their two dormitories on fire and contained it,’’ he said.
Ndathi made the remarks when he commissioned a Kshs.48 million fire fighting engine for the county at the County headquarters in Kutus town.
“The residents who have depended on firefighting machines from the neighboring Embu, Murang’a and Nyeri counties for a long time have finally got a relief,” he said and added, “We can only require the assistance of our neighbors to boost our capacity and not like before where we entirely depended on them” he said.
Ndathi said the non-availability of the engine had led the residents to incur heavy losses due to delays in the arrival of the equipment on time.
He said the engine had taken too long to be delivered due to the fact that the county had given specific requirements to the manufactures in the United Kingdom.
‘’For a customer made firefighting engine, it takes time to assemble but finally here we are today, launching it for service to our people,’’ he said.
The machine with a 4500 liters water capacity and 500 liters more for foam can put out fires caused by hydrocarbons(oils) especially during road accidents and oil spillage on the roads which cannot be extinguished by water.
The CEC for Transport and Infrastructure Dr. Joseph Muthike said the engine is also fitted with equipment to attend to road accidents and collapsed buildings.
‘’This engine is also fitted with a power generator to provide light when disasters happen within an environment which is not lit, a power saw for cutting trees in the event a disaster has occurred within a forested area and airbags to lift up vehicles during accidents,’’ Muthike said.