Wave of school fires continue to rock the country as many schools are forced to shut doors

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BY JOAN WANJIKU/CORRESPONDENTS,9TH JULY 2018-Three  more secondary schools have been shut in the recent wave of school fires sweeping across the country.

On Monday such cases were reported in Meru, Homa Bay and Kakamega counties.

Early morning  fires destroyed dormitories at Kathera Boys Secondary School, St Mary’s Girls High School and Kandiege Mixed Secondary School destroying property.

A dormitory at Kathera Boys in Imenti South, Meru was burnt down bringing the number of schools affected in the county to six in the last one month.

No one was injured in the 6am incident but students lost all their belongings.

According   to Imenti South police boss John Cheruiyot said no one is yet to be arrested and investigations were ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.

One of the razed dorms at St Mary’s Girls High School on July 9, 2018-CURTESY.

A dormitory housing 150 students at Kandiege Mixed Secondary School in Homa Bay County was burnt on Monday morning.

The school principal, Philip Okong’o, said the fire started while students were attending a morning assembly.

Police from Rachuonyo North camped at the school to investigate the cause of the fire.

A dormitory housing 114 at St Mary’s Girls High School in Mumias, Kakamega was also razed down Monday morning.

The 7.30am incident led to loss of property of unknown value.

School Board of Management chairman Allois Mandu said a store filled with food stuff was reduced to ashes.

“Nearly all property belonging to girls and food in the store was burned,” said Mr Mandu.

Nineteen girls suffered trauma after losing their property and were admitted to St Mary’s Hospital.

Schools so far affected are mostly in Nyanza are  Kisumu Girls, Otieno Oyoo, Maranda and Ambira. Elsewhere, Nyamonye Girls Secondary School was also closed in what the administration termed students’ restlessness since Friday.

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