Families of deceased Kakamega pupils receive money donated by well-wishers

By Nzioka Justin | Tuesday, Mar 3rd 2020 at 11:30
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Families for the pupils who perished following a stampede at Kakamega Primary school have received some cash from the Kakamega County government.

The families for the 15 students who died were each given a lump sum amount of Sh200,000. Seven families for pupils who suffered injuries were treated with the Sh50,000 award each.

The money given out had been collected from well-wishers, who contributed up to Sh6million, towards support for the affected pupils.

The contribution was given during a past requiem mass, which was held at Bukhungu Stadium. At least 46 students have so far recorded their statements concerning the incident.

According to County boss Wycliffe Oparanya, the money was meant to help in settling burial expenses, which had been incurred when the parents were sending off their fallen children.

"No amount of money can replace the loss of your loved ones. This is a little help from well-wishers," noted Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

Initially, the said families had also received Sh100,000 each, and whereby out of the same, Sh24,000 were used as transport expenses.

Additionally, the families also got foodstuff donations from the government, while the Kakamega County government helped in settling the Sh1.2 million hospital bill for the affected students.

The school's head Mr. Dickson Wanyangu revealed that the school's fraternity was yet to heal from the incident.

"It's been a difficult period for our community. Things haven't been the same since the tragedy occurred," stated Mr. Dickson.

Lead investigator Mr. Nyamboki Shem said that they were almost finalizing their investigations and that they were ready to carry on with the matter as per the Director of Public Prosecution recommendations.

Administrative Justice Commission led by Ms. Florence Kajuju now wants parents to be compensated after losing their children from the tragedy.

The commission has so far paid a visit to the scene of tragedy [school] and pointed an accusing finger to the construction manner for the stairways for the killer building.

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