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5 students could face life imprisonment over school arson

5 students could face life imprisonment over school arson

5 high school students face lengthy prison sentences if the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) charges them with arson.

The National Police Service announced on Tuesday, November 30, that five students from Masaani Girls’ Secondary School were arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in connection with a fire at the school.

On November 5, 2021, detectives in Machakos County apprehended the five students following a fire that destroyed a dormitory at the school.

The five were apprehended after DCI Machakos conducted an investigation, and police believe they were involved in the arson of a dormitory at the institution.

The cops stated that the inferno destroyed property worth Ksh4 million. The National Police Service also asked parents to talk to their children about crime, emphasizing that it will not be tolerated.

They will face charges in court for arson and other related offenses. They say. DCI said contrary to popular belief, being a student does not absolve one of criminal responsibility.

“Arson is a serious offence and is punishable by life imprisonment. We ask parents and teachers to continuously remind students of the wages of every act of criminality,” the statement read in part.

The NPS has noted that it will take harsh action against the perpetrators and their accomplices. They believe that vendors of petroleum products and other flammables are involved in school fires.

“We urge our officers to ensure fire incidences in schools are expeditiously investigated and culprits charged promptly,” the statement added.

Busia County police arrested four students in Butula in connection with an alleged arson incident.

The four Bunjumba Girls Secondary School students are scheduled to appear in court.
On November 8, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha threatened that students involved in fire incidents would be denied admission to public universities.

During a tour of schools in Machakos County, the CS stated that the directive would help reduce school indiscipline.

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He went on to say that torching school grounds was primitive and that schools would not be closed down across the country as a result of torching incidents.

Nonetheless, the Ministry of Education eventually caved to pressure, granting schools a mid-term break from November 19 to November 23, in an attempt to tame the escalating situation.

5 students could face life imprisonment over school arson.



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