More schools burn as unrest in schools spread

By Lynace Mwashigadi

Five more schools have joined the list of more than 70 schools that have had building torched by students.

Among them is the well designed and picturesque Kabarnet Boy’s High school that others that joined the string of schools razed by students is Malindi High school, Masemberi Girls and Kilibwoni.

Several boys sustained serious injuries at Kabarnet Boys high school after police officers lobbed teargas canisters into the school compound to contain the rowdy students.

Six students of Kabarnet Boys High school have been arraigned in court Thursday charged for allegedly being behind the burning of School’s dormitory on Wednesday evening.

The student did not take a plea when they appeared before Kabarnet Principal Magistrate Samson Temu as the Prosecution requested the court for more time to allow them finalize on investigations.

The students were remanded in Kabarnet police stations as investigations continue to unravel the cause of the inferno.

Case will be heard on 29th this month.

Three teachers have also been apprehended by the police and are set to appear in court later in the afternoon.

The School’s Moi hostel went up in flames Wednesday night and property of unknown value was razed to ashes as nothing was salvaged.

Boda boda operators and members of the public assisted in putting out the fire.

The School’s Principal Julius Mambili could not be reached for comment as he was holed up in meetings.

Parents of students at Kabarnet High School have expressed anger at the way the police handled the students suspected to have torched the dormitory.

They accused the police of using excessive force to disperse the students instead of helping contain the inferno.

In Kilifi County, Malindi High school was closed indefinitely after students went into rampage Wednesday night burning down a library and another dormitory after another fire suspected to have been caused by students consumed a classroom on Tuesday night.

The school Principal Julius Changawa after consultations with county education and security heads sent home the over 800 students.

Speaking at the scene, the school Principal Julius Changawa said, the students first lit fire at the dormitory to destruct the rescuers and moved quickly to set the library alight.

“There were two fires on that night, while others concentrated on the dormitory they went ahead to burn the library which caused much more disaster,” he said.

Changawa said, the fire overwhelmed fire fighters and completely burnt down the library and only managed to put off the fire from the dormitory.

When asked about the cause of fire and students going into rampage, Changawa said that they could not immediately speculate the reason for them to burn the school but were conducting investigation.

The incidents coming six hours after Kilifi County Commissioner Joseph Keter accompanied by security and education officers visited the school to inspect another dormitory that was razed on Tuesday night, affecting 140 students whose belongings were in the hall.

Other affected schools include Masemberi girls and Kilibwoni high school in Nandi County.

Arson cases continue as a task force instituted by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery is expected to explore measures that can remedy the situation that is nearly getting out of hand.


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