Raila mourns death of students in school fire

Raila mourns death of students in school fire
Moi Girls High School, Nairobi. PHOTO/Courtesy

The Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, and his wife, Mama Ida Odinga, have mourned the death of seven students of Moi Girls High School in Kibra, Nairobi following a dawn school fire.

In a statement to newsrooms, the Odinga’s said that the fire tragedy has thrown the country into a mourning mood and that the country has lost young, brilliant and industrious minds.

“Mama Ida and I are deeply saddened by the fire tragedy that occurred earlier today (Saturday) at Moi Girls High School, Nairobi and that claimed lives of seven young girls and left scores injured. We grieve the brutal death of such nice and innocent children who had just reported back to school for the final term of the year,” said the Odinga’s in the statement.

“We pray for the families, who must be struggling for answers at this moment. We also stand with the fraternity of the school, including students, workers, teachers and parents for what they are going through at this moment.”

Seven students died from the inferno while ten others are still hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries.

The school, located in Nairobi’s Kibra area has since been closed for two weeks as investigations into the cause of the fire start.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, visited the school where he promised that the government would do all that is necessary to ensure that safety of students is assured.

Odinga challenged the government to speed up investigations into the matter and make the findings public.

“It is our hope that the government will quickly conduct investigations and share findings with the public on the cause of the fire as that will be critical to helping the parents and students cope with the loss,” he said.

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