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Heavy storms destroy classrooms in Teso North District

14 April 2014, 12:31 Jane Zack

Teso - Heavy storms accompanied by heavy rains Saturday night blew off two classrooms' roofs at Amagoro Primary School in Teso North that were built by retired President Daniel Arap Moi in 1996.

The 18-year-old Administration block and the library were built with donation from missionary Bill O'Reilly in 1996.

Addressing journalists, the school head Simon Emeje disclosed that Moi donated KES 500 000 for the construction of the two classrooms after his meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri  Museveni for two hours at the school’s premises.

Appealing for assistance to re-build the two classrooms, Emeji said that it was unfortunate that the buildings courtesy of Presidential donation had been destroyed.

“This loss amounts to over KES 2 million and parents cannot afford to repair due to the high poverty levels. I call upon well wishers to intervene and help rebuild the destroyed roofs,” the school head added.

Busia County Education and Vocational Training Chief Officer, Joel Barua who visited the scene on Saturday regretted that the County government was prone to such challenges and tragedies.

Barua stressed that it would have been important for the National government to devolve infrastructure for schools to County government in order to address such challenges with ease.

“The County Government will give its input in a bid to address the issue before schools reopen next month,” Barua said.

Also at the scene, Bishop of the Anglican Church Katakwa Diocese Zakayo Epusi urged well- wishers to intervene and help rebuild the destroyed buildings.

Meanwhile, over 10 families in Ikapolok and Amagoro areas of Teso North District were also forced to sleep in the cold after the roofs of their houses were blown off by the winds.

Confirming the incident, Malaba Central County Representative who visited the affected families said that he donated five iron sheets to help the families re-roof their houses.

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