7 students die in Kenya school fire

"It was not an accident, it was arson", Matiang'i said of the blaze on Saturday at Moi Girls School in the capital in which nine girls were killed and 10 injured.

"Some of the fires we have faced before in the sector are related to that kind of thing, politicization of school headship, politicization of responsibility in the education sector. We have taken a decision this morning to close the school for two weeks because we want to conduct thorough investigations on what happened", Matiangi added.

"Police have assured us that there are very useful leads in the direction of specific suspects and we will know in due course who these suspects are", said Matiangi, who is also acting interior minister. "We also stand with the fraternity of the school, including students, workers, teachers, and parents for what they are going through at this moment", the NASA leader said.

"She first tried drinking detergent and second, she tried suffocating herself using a pillow".

One of the students said the fire started from that particular girl's bed and spread to the others and since most of the girls were deep asleep, they could not help quell it or escape on time.

Zipo.co.ke has now learnt that the fire could have been a suicide mission by a student, at least according to claims by several of her colleagues.

"At 2 a.m., our matron came, telling us to get out of the hostel because there was fire in one of the hostels", Warda Sadique, a student, said. We heard the students in that cubicle screaming and we went there and tried to stop the fire, but it was spreading very fast and so we chose to run outside. The police also remained tight-lipped on the investigations.

The death toll rose to nine after one more student succumbed to her injuries on Sunday while receiving treatment at Nairobi Women's hospital.


Popular
  • Local woman recounts meeting Princess Diana months before tragedy

    Local woman recounts meeting Princess Diana months before tragedy

    Princes William and Harry have remained strong since the death of their mother, Princess Diana , 20 years ago. Giles Hotel in London , close to Centrepoint, a homeless charity of which the princess was a patron.
    Eid al-Adha Begins Tonight, Bensonhurst Prayer Tomorrow

    Eid al-Adha Begins Tonight, Bensonhurst Prayer Tomorrow

    Muslims greet each other by saying " Eid Mubarak " on during the festival which involves prayers and visits to friends and family. Muslims around the world believe that Allah (God) commanded Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael.
    Kezia Dugdale was not simply 'hounded out' by Corbynites

    Kezia Dugdale was not simply 'hounded out' by Corbynites

    But, to cut to the chase, do I believe that Ms Dugdale has been ousted in a coup by the left? But she is leader no more. But since his re-election as leader she had publicly backed him, supporting his bid to become prime minister in June.
  • Yes, Michigan can be great behind controlled Wilton Speight

    Yes, Michigan can be great behind controlled Wilton Speight

    Senior Chase Winovich provided an exclamation point in the final two minutes with Michigan's fifth sack of the day. When he was asked about this year's defense as he a unit he said, "We ain't going to take nothing from nobody".
    Selena Gomez's Instagram Hacked-Justin Bieber Nudes Posted

    Selena Gomez's Instagram Hacked-Justin Bieber Nudes Posted

    Don't ask me why that's the latest pic on Gomez' account . "Which is the reason I'm somewhat under the radar, ghosting it a bit". Selena Gomez has the most popular page on Instagram , with a massive 125million followers.
    Did Fitbit Steal a March on Apple's Just-Announced Product Launch?

    Did Fitbit Steal a March on Apple's Just-Announced Product Launch?

    Leading partner apps available on Fitbit Ionic at launch include: Weather from AccuWeather; and Strava sports social network. The third product in Fitbit's new lineup is the Aria 2, a redesigned version of the Wi-Fi scale Fitbit launched in 2012.
  • Canelo Alvarez: Floyd Mayweather Didn't Fight 'Like a Mexican' vs Conor McGregor

    Canelo Alvarez: Floyd Mayweather Didn't Fight 'Like a Mexican' vs Conor McGregor

    Indeed, Hardy would've been unlikely to have any success by going straight into a fight with Nunes, for example. The consensus around the world of online bookmakers is that this was an extremely profitable fight for all.
    Tropical Storm Jose forms east of Hurricane Irma

    Tropical Storm Jose forms east of Hurricane Irma

    Both islands are part of the northern Leeward Islands, and are under a hurricane warning as Irma approaches the region. Jose is moving west-northwest at about 13 miles per hour and is expected to speed up in the next two days.
    Sony to release Apple's HomePod clone

    Sony to release Apple's HomePod clone

    Sony originally planned to make a smart speaker equipped with a proprietary conversational AI developed through a subsidiary. That driver is augmented by a dedicated subwoofer firing down into the same diffuser to reproduce bass frequencies.
  • Le'Veon Bell Isn't Being Subtle

    Le'Veon Bell Isn't Being Subtle

    In any case, when he shows up on the field, he'll be paid $12.1 million dollars thanks to the the NFL's franchise-tag option. Fellow NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport adds Bell that is expected to sign his franchise tender, one that has not been enhanced.
    Brathwaite, Hope star as Windies register stunning series-levelling win

    Brathwaite, Hope star as Windies register stunning series-levelling win

    By the time Ali was caught trying to heave legspinner Devendra Bishoo out the ground, England's lead was heading for 300. Their partnership was worth 74 and it had secured Windies a quite outstanding victory.
    Amazon cuts prices on items at Whole Foods

    Amazon cuts prices on items at Whole Foods

    Amazon will pay $42 per Whole Foods share, an 18 percent premium from its price the day before the tie-up was announced June 16. While Google and Walmart attract the masses, Amazon and Whole Foods have accessed the elite few who can afford the best foods.

CONNECT