Death toll rises to 14 in Kakamega Primary School stampede


Death toll rises to 14 in Kakamega Primary School stampede
Kakamega Primary School after a stampede occurred on February 3, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

The death toll from the stampede that occurred on Monday evening at Kakamega Primary School has risen to 14 after one more pupil succumbed to injuries.

Kakamega Central OCPD David Kabena had earlier placed the number of learners killed at 13 with at least 39 injured.

One more learner later died at Nala Nursing Home, according to Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

Two of the injured pupils were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Kakamega County Referral Hospital.

According to the OCPD the pupils most of them in Class Five were leaving their classes heading home when the stampede occurred on a staircase at around 5pm.

It is reported that a teacher at the school was beating some pupils prompting the other learners to run down a staircase and in the process, some fell and were trampled to death.

However, further investigations into the incident are ongoing.

Education CS Prof. George Magoha expressed his condolences to the affected families, even as he assured that the government would get to the root cause of the tragedy.

“The loss of a child is very painful. My condolences to parents who have lost their  want to children.We want to find out why we had a stampede in the school. PS Belio Kipsang will be in the school tomorrow. We will find out what happened and action will be taken,” said Magoha in a phone interview with Citizen TV.

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