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Striking teachers arrested for attacking, injuring students

08 September 2015, 16:36 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Striking teachers in Vihiga County engaged students at Chavakali school while undertaking their personal studies, injuring two of them in the process.

Two teachers were arrested in the process and taken to Vihiga Principal Magistrates’ Courts Monday.

Fred Mayavi (Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers executive secretary) and Linda Madegu were set to be charged for assaulting two students from the school.

The teachers who started their demonstrations at the county headquarters in Mbale walked for several kilometres to the school and attacked the students who retaliated by engaging them.

A form four student was hurt on the head while a form three student had his upper tooth removed.

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The students were blocking the teachers from entering the school when they started hurling stones at them.

"We were studying when we heard people chanting at the school gate," a form four student said.

He added, "We ran to the gate and found the teachers throwing stones."

The students however overpowered the teachers who fled away.

County police commandant, Elisha Odhiambo confirmed the incident noting that they had warned the striking teachers against causing unnecessary harm to students who had been retained in schools by their respective principals.

"We asked these teachers not to go and attack schools. I sent more police to the scene to offer reinforcement," he said.

The two students were treated at Vihiga district hospital and discharged.

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The school principal, Kahi Indimuli condemned the attack saying he could not understand why the union leaders decided to attack the school instead of consulting him on why he retained students.

“I do not know what prompted the teachers to attack the school yet I do not have teachers in class. What I have are students who are struggling to make best of their time while teachers are away,” Indimuli said.

He said no property was destroyed apart from the school gate which the teachers wanted to break but were prevented by the students who attacked them.

He called for sobriety amongst the teachers’ unions even as they push for the government to heed to their calls.  

Earlier in the day, the teachers had vowed to storm Nyang’ori, Chavakali, Bunyore, Keveye and Vihiga schools where they accused their colleagues of not taking part in the strike and keeping students in school.

The teachers vowed they would kill somebody in their quest for higher pay, noting that shedding blood was the only option.

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