Students Confess Burning the Dormitory
21 February 2012, 10:00
boys from Magenka Secondary School in Meru South District of Tharaka Nithi
County have confessed to have set a newly built dormitory in their school
ablaze earlier this week.
two, Loyd Mwiti a form three student and Olali Michael, a form two student are
in police custody in Chuka following their arrest yesterday evening.
two narrated to the police how they had planned
to burn the dormitory on Sunday to interrupt the commencement of
internal school exams but their plan failed owing to the presence of two
watchmen on that day and they postponed their plan to the following day.
told the police how they executed their plan on Monday evening by setting the
mattresses on fire.
Secondary School boys’ dormitory was on Monday night burnt in mysterious
circumstances leaving approximately 280 students without a place to sleep and
none of their personal properties salvaged.
the incident, Meru South Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) Mr. Kizito
Mutoro said that the police had suspected the dormitory was not burnt due to
electric fault as earlier thought prompting further investigations.
also confirmed the boys will be taken to court although the police are not
ruling out further arrests.
to the school principal, Wilson Muriithi Ndeke, one of the suspects had
recently transferred to his school from neighboring Embu County and it is now
being suspected that the student could have been expelled from his former
area police boss is now urging the school principals to be keen while admitting
new students in their school and to probe the reasons for transfers.
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