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“Students guilty of arson should be jailed for 60 years,” Oparanya says

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  • Governor Oparanya now wants students found guilty of arson to be slapped with hefty jail terms.
  • His sentiments comes a day after Kakamega High School was closed floowing an early morning fire that razed down two dormitories.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya says that students found guilty of arson should be slapped with hefty jail terms so as to obliterate the vice of school fires in the country.

Speaking on Sunday in Kakamega, Governor Oparanya rued that parents bear the brunt of school fires, as they are forced to dig deep into their pockets to pay for damages.

Hakuna pesa ya serikali ambayo itatumika kurekebisha majengo ya shule ambazo zimechomwa. Pesa hizo ni lazima zitoke kwa wazazi. COVID-19 imefanya wazazi wapitie maisha magumu kabisa. Wazazi wawape nasaha watoto wao kuwa wameenda shuleni kusoma siyo kuchoma shule. Na wale watoto wanaopatikana na hatia ya kuchoma shule nataka wafungwe jela kwa miaka 60. We need discipline in this country,” said Oparanya.

16 students arrested

His sentiments come a day after Kakamega High School was on Saturday closed indefinitely following an early morning fire that razed down two dormitories.

Police have also arrested 16 students in the ongoing investigations into the cause of the fire that destroyed the two facilities that housed 584 students.

Wycliffe Oparanya on students
Governor Oparanya: “Na wale watoto wanaopatikana na hatia ya kuchoma shule nataka wafungwe jela kwa miaka 60,” he says. PHOTO/FILE

“No student was injured; it was only their property that was destroyed. I am appealing to parents to remain calm as we investigate the cause of the fire,” Principal Gerald Orina said while announcing the closure.

Increase in school fire cases

The Kakamega High School fire is the latest in a wave of fires as schools experience unrest.

Parents of Buruburu Girls High School in Nairobi will have to pay KSh1,500 for their students when they report on Monday. The money is meant to repair damages after fire razed down one of the dormitories last Sunday.

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