- Police Disclose How the Buruburu Girls Planned and Burned the School
Police have narrowed it down to two students from Buruburu Girls High School in Nairobi County who are suspected of starting a fire that destroyed a dormitory and sent 59 students to the hospital.
According to detectives involved in the investigation, the two were seen leaving the dormitory before the fire started.
The detectives in charge of the case also revealed that after further investigation, they are convinced that the two girls were involved in the Sunday, October 31 cubicle fire.
The police are expected to refer the case to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), which will either advise on the charges or direct officers to conduct additional investigations.
Before students could return to class, the school imposed stringent conditions.
Among the instructions are to clear all fee arrears before sending the students back to school, as well as a Ksh1,500 fine for each parent to pay, with the money going towards rebuilding the dormitory that was destroyed by the inferno.
Furthermore, parents were instructed to inspect their children and ensure that they did not have any sprays, perfumes, or sanitisers on them, as these items would not be permitted in school.
The administration of Buruburu Girls also informed parents and guardians that no vehicle would be permitted in the school compound when dropping off their children on reporting day.
Moreover, the students would not all report at the same time. Forms three and four students were told to return to school on Monday, November 8, while Forms one and two students were told to return on Tuesday, November 9.
Caroline Maina, the school’s principal, confirmed that the school would invite guests to provide students with counselling services.
With over thirty schools reporting fired incidents this term, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has indicated that those students found culpable will face the law.
“That information is going to be on your record for the rest of your life. The law does not allow you even if you are ten years of age to go and buy petrol and burn public property. If you want, go and burn your father’s property,” Magoha told the media.