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8 Students to take plea in court on Monday for attempted arson

8 Students to take plea in court on Monday for attempted arson

On Friday, eight students from Kajiunduthi Secondary School in Maara Sub County, Tharaka-Nithi County, appeared in Chuka Law Courts.

The eight were accused, along with others who were not present in court, of attempting to burn down a dormitory last Wednesday.

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The boys, aged 17 to 18, have been held at Chogoria Police Station until Monday next week when they will enter a plea.

Njoki Kahara, a senior resident magistrate, summoned the students’ parents to appear in court on Monday.

“The eight will remain in police custody until Monday next week when they will take plea,” said Ms Kahara.

On Sunday night last week, two dormitories at Kiriani Boys’ High School and one at Muthambi Boys’ High School were demolished.

Maara Deputy County Commissioner Philip Sigei told the media on Monday that the two fires were likely started by students.

This follows a series of school fires witnessed in the country this month. Four students from Dr Krapf Boys Secondary School in Rabai Sub-County, Kilifi, were arrested by police after a dormitory was set on fire on Sunday evening.

The students were among 14 people who have been questioned by police in connection with the incident.

The students are said to have been protesting their inability to watch a match between Manchester United and Liverpool in the English Premier League.

Dormitories at two Migori schools were destroyed by fires this month preceded by similar fires in Busia and Vihiga counties.

Property of unknown value was destroyed in suspected arson attacks at St Peter’s Abwao Secondary in Suna West sub-county and Osingo Mixed Secondary in Suna East.

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Students were suspected of setting fire to their 208-bed dormitory, which housed Form Two and Form Three students.

76 students at Osingo Mixed spent a Tuesday night in the cold after their dormitory was gutted in a similar manner while they were in class for night preps.

Principal John Umani stated that the fire could have been caused by an electrical fault and that investigation had begun.

Earlier this year, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha warned parents that they should be prepared to pay for school property destroyed by fires or student unrest.

8 Students to take plea in court on Monday for attempted arson


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