Uhuru speaks after Kakamega School stampede

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Feb 4th 2020 at 13:04
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of comfort to the families of the children who lost their lives following a stampede at Kakamega Primary School that claimed 14 lives.

The President wished the injured children quick recovery and ordered for a thorough investigation to establish the cause of the unfortunate incident.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna and Basic Education PS Dr Belio Kipsang on Tuesday February 4 visited the school to assess the situation.

Magoha said he was familiar with the school and lauded it as one of the most organized schools in the region.

“It’s painful enough; we share in this grief. I am familiar with school, was here two months ago and I inspected it, it’s one of the finest schools and has some of the finest teachers.

“I witnessed children come down the stairs in an orderly manner and therefore I am entirely perplexed at what might have caused the stampede. As a Christian I want the truth at whatever cost and the team investigating this should do its best,” he said.

Adding: “I went to four classrooms and I was thoroughly impressed. There are excellent teachers.

“There is nobody who is perfect but if there is a mistake let’s identify it learn from it and move forward. To parents, we console with you.”

As at midnight Monday, two pupils were at the Kakamega Referral Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 39 others nursing injuries.

Following the stampede, parents and relatives converged at the school seeking to know the whereabouts of their children.

Earlier, the parents had been barred from accessing the school compound and waited anxiously outside the gate.

They were later asked to register with their children's class teachers.

There has been no official statement regarding the cause of the stampede.

The school will be closed until next week.

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