Stu­dents sleep in din­ing hall af­ter dorm fire at Moi Girls

Prop­erty worthSh4 mil­lion was de­stroyed in the Satur­day even­ing in­ci­dent

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza - ROBERT OMOLLO @RobertO­mollo3

Prop­erty worth Sh4 mil­lion at Moi Girls Sindo Sec­ondary School in Suba was on Satur­day even­ing de­stroyed in a fire.

Bed­ding, stu­dents’ clothes, books and other items were razed. No­body was in­jured in the fire that started as stu­dents were in class for week­end and pri­vate stud­ies.

School prin­ci­pal Rose­lyn Akoth said 188 stu­dents lost their prop­erty.

“The dor­mi­tory ac­com­mo­dated many stu­dents. It was there­fore par­ti­tioned into two to house 188 stu­dents,” she said.

Akoth said the stu­dents af­fected share beds with oth­ers while some are tem­po­rar­ily ac­com­mo­dated in the din­ing hall.

The prin­ci­pal ap­pealed to well-wish­ers to in­ter­vene.

She con­demned the in­ci­dent, say­ing it is a set­back for the school, whose pop­u­la­tion is very high. “The tragedy has come at a time when the school is strug­gling to ac­com­mo­date so many stu­dents,” Akoth said.

Vil­lagers Bob Omedo and Onyango Ouma said they rushed into the school to help ex­tin­guish the fire to pre­vent more prop­erty from be­ing de­stroyed.

“How­ever, we only man­agedto sal­vage a few items,” Omedo said.

Homa Bay po­lice com­man­der John Omu­sanga said the cause of the fire is yet to be es­tab­lished but in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way.

“Ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion will be taken against who­ever is be­hind the fire,” he said.

Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, 22 stu­dents fainted af­ter re­al­is­ing how much prop­erty they had lost.

Another dor­mi­tory was burnt down at Mag­ina Girls’ Sec­ondary School in Nd­hiwa last week.

On Au­gust 3, Keron­gorori Sec­ondary School in Bo­ma­choge Borabu con­stituency, Kisii, was burnt down.

County Ed­u­ca­tion Board chair­man Henry On­deri con­firmed the in­ci­dent but said the cause of the fire was un­known.

In July, Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i said weak lead­er­ship in the ma­jor­ity of county schools is the cause of stu­dent un­rest. He was re­spond­ing to the in­creased cases of dor­mi­tory fires in many schools across the coun­try.

Ma­tiang’i said of the schools that have wit­nessed un­rest, 90 per cent are ex­tra-county and county schools.

OMOLLO /ROBERT

Vil­lagers from the com­mu­nity around Moi Girls Sindo Sec­ondary School in Suba, Homa Bay, ex­tin­guish a fire at a dor­mi­tory on Satur­day

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