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4 arrested over Maranda fire

31 January 2013, 12:28 Oduor Omondi

Police have arrested four students in connection with the fire incident at Maranda High School where two dormitories were razed on Monday.

Speaking to journalists in his office, Nyanza Provincial Police Officer Joseph Oletito said that initial investigations by the police has linked the four, all of whom are form three students in the school, to the fire outbreak.

He said two of the students are expected to appear in Kisumu court on Thursday to face charges of arson while the other two are still being held at the Bondo police station as further investigations are being conducted.

“The four students were arrested following a meeting in the school where the students  raised some issue they wanted to be addressed by the administration but were apparently not addressed,” the PPO added.

He said the fire that burnt down the dormitories originated from inside, and burnt students' mattresses and other valuables.

This is the third time Maranda High School has experienced a fire outbreak in the last five months.

At the same time, the PPO said the fire that burned a Bondo University College hostel last Monday evening was caused by electric fault.

He said police had carried investigations and ascertained that the fire that burnt down the Ramogi hostel resulted from an electrical fault.

Over 100 students lost their properties during the 7.30 pm inferno that occurred barely 12 hours after the Maranda incident.

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