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Kahuhia dormitory burns as Muranga’ school heads put on notice

In Summary

  • Only today, the Murang’a County Commissioner had spelt out tough action to forestall unrest in schools.
  • Incident comes only two days after BuruBuru Girls dormitory fire.

In another iteration of a worrying trend of school fires, a dormitory at Kahuhia Girls High School in Murang’a County went up in flames on Tuesday evening.

The cause of the inferno, which consumed a section of the storeyed dormitory, was not immediately established.

Students were sene salvaging their belongings from the raging inferno as police and fire fighters from the County Government attempted to put it out.

The incident comes only two days after a similar near-deadly incident at Nairobi’s Buru Buru Girls. Several students were hospitalised with injuries after they escaped from the dorm on fire. Others suffered from smoke inhalation.

Mid-term Dates

In a bid to arrest these fires, believed to be started by rogue students, the Ministry of Education today directed all public schools to take a mid-term break between November 19 and 23.

In Murang’a, County Commissioner Fredrick Ndunga directed all school heads to report students’ indiscipline cases that may lead to rampage and destruction of school property.

He was addressing the press in his office.

Ndunga observed that school heads, as immediate supervisors of the learners, should always be on the look out for indiscipline cases.

The commissioner stated that from interrogation of the students, some learners are citing tight school programmes which curtail time for games and other co-curricular activities.

Kahuhia Girls fire came two days after the BuruBuru Girl's incident. TV47
Distraught parents outside BuruBuru Girls following the fire incident last Sunday. Several students were injured. PHOTO/FILE

“From information given by a section of students, they are claiming they will strike due to tight learning schedules but we will not allow the students to disrupt operations in their schools and end up destroying properties,” he said.

Kahuhia Incident

He added that teachers know students who are indisciplined, and should work with security officers to pre-empt and forestall unrest.

“I direct all deputy county commissioners in this country to form a multi-agency team in their areas of jurisdiction to deal with school unrests.”

The Commissioner observed that drug abuse is also playing a part in fuelling the fires. He advised school administrations to create a rapport with their host communities so as to stop the access and peddling of drugs into schools.

“The county security team has also directed school administration to install CCTV in their schools and the CCTV should strictly be monitored to find out what is happening at the institutions’ compounds,” said Ndunga.

The Commissioner also directed the County Criminal Investigation officers to investigate incidents of unrest and apprehend the culprits.


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