Residents torch school after its wall collapsed, killing boy
13 April 2015, 08:08
Nakuru - Angry villagers in Nakuru county set a school on fire after the institution’s perimeter wall fell on two children killing one on the spot.
The residents of Mchanganyiko village, in the outskirts of Nakuru town, stormed and torched Elimu High School accusing the school management of negligence.
The school’s administration block, domitories and the store were burnt down even as the residents looted property worth millions of shillings.
Bahati police boss, Duncan Nguthu who confirmed the incident, said that a seven-year-old boy died on the spot while the other victim is receiving treatment at the Rift Valley General Hospital after escaping with a broken limb.
“The incident spurred protests among the residents who torched the school where investment worth millions of shillings was burnt to ashes,” said Nguthu.
The police chief accused members of the public for taking law into their hands citing that they had embarked on a search for students’ belongings including bedding, books among other things.
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He added: "Those found to have looted will face the full force of the law."
Leonita Kabasa, a worker in the school said that the angry mob stormed the school compound and ordered all the workers to leave before they set the buildings on fire.
“They ordered everyone to leave the compound. They then set the administration block on fire before proceeding to the other buildings,” she said.
A section of members of the public together with Red Cross officers made fruitless efforts to put off the raging fire.
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