One more Kakamega Primary pupil dies, pushing death toll to 15

Caskets bearing remains of the 14 pupils who died in the stampede at Kakamega Primary School. [Benjamin Sakwa, Standard]

One more child who was at the Kakamega Primary stampede on Monday last week has succumbed to her injuries.

Salma Oleso, a Standard Five pupil, had just been moved from the Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital ICU.

Her death brings to 15 the number of pupils who died from the stampede.

The stampede that led to the children's deaths brought to the fore the question of disaster preparedness in schools.

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Meanwhile, the government has been asked to form a commission of inquiry to establish what caused the stampede at the school.

The pupils who died are Antonatte Khayumba, Prudence Eliza, Catherine Aloo, Prince Vermaline, Nichole Achola, Venesa Andeso, Fidel Kumbetie, Simon Waweru, Samuel Simekha, Lavenda Akasa, June Nakhumicha, Joseph Mutsami and Bertha Munywele.

Nailah Kiverenge, was buried on Wednesday according to Muslim rites. The victims were from Kakamega, Vihiga and Nakuru counties.

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On February 6, Western region Government Pathologist Dickson Mchana said six of the 14 pupils who died in Kakamega Primary School stampede succumbed to suffocation.

The incident that took place on the third floor of the five-storeyed building left 46 injured. Some 37 others were treated and discharged on the same night.

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The national government said it will give Sh150,000 as compensation to each family of the pupils who died following the stampede at of Kakamega Primary School.

This is in addition to Sh140,000 given to each of the bereaved families by the Council of Governors.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said the government will also give the families food stuffs like maize, beans, cooking oil and rice.

The food will be distributed by Kakamega County Commissioner Pauline Dola and Woman Rep Elsie Muhanda.

Speaking at the funeral at Bukhungu Stadium on February 7, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi told mourners unscrupulous people use shortcuts to make quick money while endangering innocent lives, saying structural plans and construction standards must be adhered to strictly.

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“Before you give a certificate of occupation to buildings in urban areas like schools and other public institutions, caution should be exercised. We have lost 14 lives of future leaders as a result of negligence and selfish interests of an individual who must be held responsible,” said Mudavadi.

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