Moi Girls’ student in court over deaths of nine classmates

One student has been arraigned at the Milimani Juvenile Court, Nairobi in connection with the death of nine students of Moi Girls High School, during an arson attack on Saturday.

The minor who has been denied bail by the court will be remanded for seven days to allow police conclude their investigations and prevent her from harming herself.

On Saturday, several students died and scores of others were injured after a fire burnt down a dormitory at Moi Girls School in Nairobi.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said 10 students were admitted to hospital, two of them in critical condition with over 50 percent burns.

The management of Nairobi women’s hospital confirmed receiving 50 injured students, 40 of whom were treated for minor burns and discharged.

The school was closed for two weeks as investigations into the cause of the Saturday fire continue.

The school which is among the top performers in the country with a student population of 1183 is located in Kibra constituency.

Bodies of the deceased were taken to the Chiromo Funeral Parlour where DNA testing is underway to enable parents of the victims collect the bodies for burial.

The Deputy Director of National Disasters Unit Pius Masai said DNA testing began Tuesday to ease the identification process since some bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

Only parents and siblings of the deceased are participating in the DNA sampling process.

The tragedy rekindles memories of 2001 when 59 pupils of Kyanguli Secondary School in Machakos County died after their dormitory was torched.

Also Read: Moi Girls fire incident was an arson attack, Matiang’i


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