Pupils Injured By Bandits in School Raid As Fire Razes Teremi High School Buildings
In the North Rift region, armed bandits continue to cause havoc, resulting in deaths and the relocation of families.
As a result of a spate of attacks on border communities and innocent school children, the leaders of Turkana have labeled the ongoing “Operation Komesha Uhalifu in the North Rift” aimed at cleaning out bandits a publicity gimmick.
In the most recent instance, on Wednesday, intruders masquerading as herders invaded the Philadelphia Primary School and Agape Academy campuses along the River Malimalite in Kainuk, Turkana South sub-county, to graze the students’ animals forcibly.
Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai stated that the bandits shot a schoolboy in the left leg and a girl in the right arm to instill fear in the schools and surrounding community.
“It is disturbing that armed militia from the neighbouring Pokot community shot and injured innocent schoolchildren to forcefully graze livestock inside a public institution.
“The children are nursing bullet wounds at Kainuk Health Centre,” Governor Lomorukai told reporters in Lodwar on Thursday.
He alleged that security officers in Kainuk were slow to respond to distress calls from villagers to prevent the armed group from attacking the schools and to evacuate them after the attack.
The governor, accompanied by his deputy John Erus and ward representatives from the Turkana East and Turkana South constituencies, stated that the attackers left the animals at the schools.
He stated that an ongoing security operation would be deemed serious if the livestock stolen in the September 24 attack in Namariat, Turkana East killed eight police officers, peace activist Mary Ekai Kanyaman, and Napeitom Senior Chief Gilbert Lomukuny was found.
He said that armed bandits were openly roaming through Lomelo, Lorogon, Kapelbok, Kainuk, and Nakwamoru to frighten the already defenseless border residents who cannot access water sources.
The governor stated, “We demand the immediate deployment of 90 National Police Reserves as promised by the federal government in order to protect our citizens.”
According to the leaders, bandits left the security operation in Turkana East and settled in Turkana South, where they terrorized the local populace.
Mr. Samwel Aliwo, the chairman of the security committee of the county assembly, stated that the movement of armed bandits into Turkana South was provocative because it violated existing peace agreements.
However, County Police Commander Samwel Ndanyi stated that security personnel were chasing peace disruptors in collaboration with their West Pokot counterparts.
According to him, a security operation is currently ongoing in Kainuk to root out suspected herders with their animals whose primary objective is to disrupt peace.
Mr. Ndanyi told the Nation by phone that security has been increased at both Philadelphia Primary School and Agape Academy to guarantee that learning is not disrupted.
Fire Razes Teremi High School Buildings
Tuesday, November 1, a fire destroyed a dormitory at Teremi High School in Bungoma.
After the fire broke out, firefighters were immediately dispatched to the location to contain it.
Images viewed by Kenyans.co.ke showed firefighters battling to extinguish the blaze that consumed the entire structure.
At the time of publication, the fire’s cause had not been determined.
However, according to eyewitnesses, the furnace was triggered by an electrical malfunction.
However, no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
Immediately after the fire broke out, a group of alumni students rushed to the school’s aid with donations and assistance.
Former students invited well-wishers to give funds for the construction of another dormitory through various channels.
An additional fire was reported at Nairobi’s Jamhuri High School earlier in the morning.
In addition, the cause of the fire was not divulged. Despite this, investigations into the furnace began.
The same day, a fire broke out at Adu Blossom Day and Boarding School in Nyakach, Kisumu County, killing one student.
Police have attributed a number of school-burning fires to arson, which has become a serious cause for concern.