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Govt to support families in Kakamega school tragedy

Deputy President William Ruto condoles a pupil injured in a stampede at Kakamega Primary School that occured on February 3, 2020. /DPPS.

KAKAMEGA, Kenya Feb 5 – The Government has undertaken to offer maximum assistance to the bereaved families of the Monday evening’s stampede at the Kakamega Primary School where 14 children were killed, Deputy President William Ruto has announced.

The DP noted that the process would be coordinated jointly by the National Government and the County Government of Kakamega.

The Deputy President explained that the government’s multi-agency team was also extending its support to the survivors of the unfortunate incident to prevent a further loss of life.

“Affected learners, parents and their families would be counseled,” he added.

He spoke on Tuesday at the institution’s premises where he also assured that the National Government and the County Government of Kakamega would offer essential assistance to the grieving families.

“Our condolences to the bereaved families, we share your grief with deep sympathy. We wish quick recovery to the survivors of the incident,” said the Deputy President.

Deputy President William Ruto at Kakamega Hospital where he visited victims of a school tragedy that occurred at Kakamega Primary School on February 3, 2020. /DPPS.

He was accompanied by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Education Permanent Secretary Belio Kipsang, among other leaders.

The Deputy President said it was unfortunate that the country had lost 14 children from the accident.

He noted that investigations were being conducted to establish the cause of the accident.

“We are giving our security team ample time to find out the cause of the stampede. This would help us to come up with measures that would prevent a recurrence of such a deadly event,” he added.

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In its preliminary investigations, the Government’s multi-agency team has established that learners affected were in classes Four and Five, which were accommodated in first and second floors of the affected building.

It was further established that 14 learners — nine boys and five girls — succumbed to the unfortunate incident with 46 learners having been injured.

In order to allow for a full investigation into the incident, Dr Ruto announced that the school would remain closed until Friday this week.

Deputy President William Ruto accompanied by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya tour Kakamega Primary School where 14 children died in a stampede on February 3, 2020. /DPPS.

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