By Osinde Obare
Thieves broke into Matisi Primary School in Trans Nzoia County and made away with textbooks worth Sh255,000.
Head teacher Robert Wanyonyi said the armed thugs struck at around 10pm. The thieves tied the watchmen before ransacking the school for books.
“The thieves gained access into the school through the fence on secondary school side. They seized the watchmen, cut the window grills of the library and emptied the book shelves,” said Wanyonyi.
According to one of the watchmen, the thieves came on a bicycle before a pick-up arrived and loaded it with the books. “We were bundled into one of the classrooms at gunpoint. We did not resist because we feared for our lives,” said the watchman.
The theft has affected the school’s population of over 1,650 pupils, most of them from poor backgrounds.
Stolen books included those for English, Kiswahili, CRE, maths and dictionaries.
The thugs also stole Sh7,500 meant for purchase of examinations.