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Pre-Primary 1 Pupil Found Dead Inside School Septic Tank

Parents of Russell Magina, a 5-year-old Pre-Primary (PP) 1 pupil, are in agony after the body of their disappeared child was found inside a school’s septic tank.

Magina arrived at his school, Jospa Happy Tots Academy in Mlolongo, on January 7 following the nationwide school resumption the school resumed learning.

Policemen have initiated probes into the death with the parents demanding interrogation of the school’s administration.

“When we went to pick him from school we were told he had left. I started searching for him around Mlolongo before darkness could set in because it was around 6 p.m.

“The school headteacher suspected that my child may have fallen into the washroom, but I told her I could establish that, and she assured me that he would be found,” she explained.

The parent’s fear intensified when Magina failed to return home that day and were compelled to quit their search at 10 p.m due to the curfew.


Kanini filed a missing person’s report at the Mlolongo Police Station in an attempt to find her son who had been missing for over 12 hours and returned to school the next day, on Friday

The boy was then discovered in a septic tank, with video footage revealing that efforts may have been made to recover the body from the tank on Thursday evening.

“The school’s toilet had been blocked, the person unblocking it left the septic tank open, with the school suspecting that Magina fell into the tank after it was left open,” Magina’s father said.

Machakos County Fire Brigade retrieved the body from the septic on Friday. The body has since been preserved at the Shalom Hospital awaiting a postmortem.



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