Family of Class 6 pupil Mary Wambui want teacher arrested over her death
Grief and anger has consumed the family, neighbours and friends of Mary Wambui, a Class 6 pupil who met her untimely death at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
She died while receiving treatment for injuries that have left many unanswered questions and demands for justice.
“Alitoka asubui kama kawaida kuenda shule aliporudi jioni ndio aliniambia anaumwa na kichwa, kumfuatilia kwanini anaumwa na kichwa ndio aliniambia kuna mwalimu alimgonga,” her mother Elizabeth Wanjiku told Citizen TV on Thursday.
Mary is reported to have been healthy when she left home for Githiga Primary School on February 1, 2021.
However, later that day, she was allegedly punished by a teacher who was on duty.
According to other pupils, she had gone to fetch water and wash her hands with her colleagues when the teacher allegedly appeared and in trying to disperse them hit her on the head.
“Msichana alikuwa ameenda kuchota maji, mwalimu akakuja akamchapa hapa ya utosi, sasa huyo msichana akawa mgonjwa na tulipoenda kumuona mwalimu akatuchapa na baba yake alipokuja mwalimu akasema hawakumchapa,” one of the pupils said.
Mr. Joseph Ndung’u, Mary’s uncle added: “Tunaambiwa alikuwa nje wakati normal classes zilikuwa zinaendelea akinawa mikono na mwalimu akaja akamgonga na fimbo kwa kichwa na tangu hiyo siku kichwa ikaanza kumuuma.”
Mary’s situation worsened until she was admitted to the Kenyatta National Hospital. “Hata kabla daktari alimuona alizidiwa,” the mother lamented.
The uncle said: “Picha iliposomwa ilionekana damu ilikuwa inavuja kutoka pale aligongwa mpaka kwa brain.”
The school’s headmaster has urged the parents to be patient and not to take any course of action until investigations are complete.
Meanwhile police are yet to arrest the teacher linked to the incident.
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