Ahero Girls riot, de­mand prin­ci­pal back

Adipo has been re­placed by deputy after she was ac­cused of mis­us­ing funds

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MAU­RICE ALAL @alal­mau­rice

Ahero Girls High School in Kisumu has been closed after stu­dents went on a two-day ram­page and an MP ws ar­rested.

The stu­dents are de­mand­ing re­turn of Prin­ci­pal Sarah Adipo who was in­ter­dicted by the Teach­ers Ser­vice Com­mis­sion over al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds.

Adipo has been re­placed by deputy Stel­lah Wang’ala in an act­ing ca­pac­ity.

Stu­dents ri­oted on Mon­day and Tues­day and dam­aged prop­erty.

The Nyando se­cu­rity team led by deputy county com­mis­sioner Kennedy Lu­nalo were called in to con­tain thetrou­ble.

He said the stu­dents went on the ram­page on Mon­day from 6pm till 11pm and on Tues­day morn­ing. They were sent home.

Yes­ter­day, Lu­nalo said the board of man­age­ment de­cided to close the school to calm the sit­u­a­tion.

“We man­aged to con­tain the irate stu­dents who went to sleep at around 11pm on Mon­day. On Tues­day morn­ing they started ri­ots again,” he said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tor said the TSC de­ci­sion is fi­nal and must be obeyed.

Dur­ing the ram­page, Nyando MP Fred Outa clashed with se­cu­rity of­fi­cers. The leg­is­la­tor de­manded Adipo be brought back, amid cheers from the stu­dents.

Outa was to be taken to court last evening.

Lu­nalo said, “We de­cided to take the MP out of school be­cause his re­marks were in­cit­ing the stu­dents.”

He said the de­ci­sion by the TSC should be re­spected, warn­ing lead­ers and stu­dents against law­less­ness.

The prin­ci­pal was in­ter­dicted after she de­clined a trans­fer to an­other school.

She moved to court to chal­lenge her in­ter­dic­tion and tem­po­rar­ily re­sumed her po­si­tion.

Adipo was again in­ter­dicted after she failed to hon­our the county TSC of­fice di­rec­tive. She could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

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