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Key suspect in Kakamega School fire fails to take plea

The student was among 17 rounded up by police on Saturday in connection with the arson.

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  • Evidence pieced together shows the school administration, the Teachers service commission and the ministry of education were aware of the threat but did not act.

The prosecution’s attempts to detain the prime suspect in the weekend dormitory fire at Kakamega School for three days failed.

This is after Kakamega principal magistrate Eric Malesi declined an application by the prosecution to have police detain the form two student until Thursday and directed them to produce him in court on Tuesday.

The prosecution had arraigned the student on charges of arson but he did but take plea.

The student was among 17 rounded up by police on Saturday in connection with the arson.

Police freed 14 students after failing to link them to the incident.

The school was indefinitely closed on Saturday after two dormitories housing 584 students were destroyed.

A detective conversant with the investigations told the press on Monday that police were still weighing evidence against two suspected accomplices to the prime suspect before a decision on whether to charge them is taken.

“We had three suspects…two were given police cash bail. This one (one arraigned) has confessed to burning the dormitory alongside his form two colleague who was not among those arrested. He disowned the two suspects on police cash bail,” a source revealed.

This, as details emerged of security changes effected by the school administration to deal with a polarizing situation preceding the arson.

Evidence pieced together shows the school administration, the Teachers service commission and the ministry of education were aware of the threat but did not act.

The student was among 17 rounded up by police on Saturday in connection with the arson.

Police freed 14 students after failing to link them to the incident.

The school was indefinitely closed on Saturday after two dormitories housing 584 students were destroyed.

A detective conversant with the investigations told the press on Monday that police were still weighing evidence against two suspected accomplices to the prime suspect before a decision on whether to charge them is taken.

“We had three suspects…two were given police cash bail. This one (one arraigned) has confessed to burning the dormitory alongside his form two colleague who was not among those arrested. He disowned the two suspects on police cash bail,” a source revealed.

This, as details emerged of security changes effected by the school administration to deal with a polarizing situation preceding the arson.

Evidence pieced together shows the school administration, the Teachers service commission and the ministry of education were aware of the threat but did not act.

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Hilton Otenyo
Source
The Star

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