, NAKURU, Kenya, Jan 25 – A teacher at Hopewell Secondary School was Thursday night murdered a few hours after confiscating a phone that was being sneaked into the institution.
It is suspected that the murder was connected to teacher Peter Omari’s decision to take away the phone.
The 32-year old teacher was killed at about 10:30pm as he went home.
Omari, a boarding master at the school had stayed late supervising the evening preps but some people waylaid him as he went to his house and bludgeoned him on the head.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Nakuru County Referral Hospital where he was taken for treatment.
School Director Vitalis Kahenda said the teacher found a Form 4 student talking with outsiders along the school fence at about 6pm.
“He reprimanded the students and took away a mobile phone which had been sneaked to him. We strongly believe this must have triggered anger leading to the murder,” said Kahenda.
He noted that the teacher was yet to hand over the phone to the management in accordance with the school rules.
The said student and two others have been arrested and are being held at the Rhonda Police Station.
Kahenda said a student from a neighbouring school and resident who had brought the phone had also been arrested.
He said this was not the first time the duo had been caught sneaking phones and drugs into the school.
Omari’s wife is a matron at the same schools and had been left behind to ensure the students were properly in their dormitories before going to their house.
Omari was described as a humble teacher whose star was rising.