Fire Outbreak In School not an Accident

A student embraces her parent following a fire which burnt down one dormitory of Moi Girls school in Nairobi Kenya

Seven girls killed in Kenya school dormitory fire

"It was not an accident, it was arson", Minister Fred Matiang'i said of the fire on Saturday at Moi Girls School in Nairobi.

"Some of the fires we have faced before in the sector are related to that kind of thing, politicisation of school headship, politicisation of responsibility in the education sector. 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", Raila said.

Other possible motives include student anger over changes to the school calendar as well as Matiangi's tough approach to reforms.

The young women touched by this tragedy are the best of us: diligent, committed to learning, and prepared to make a difference in the life of the country they love. "First by drinking a detergent and, second by trying to suffocate herself using a pillow", said the source.

Some 150 students and 10 teachers were charged over the fires, with a variety of motives pinpointed by authorities and the local press.

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One student claimed that the fire begun from the said girl's bed and spread to others.

This sentiment was echoed by some students interviewed by the Nation, who also asked the police to investigate the girl.

In one case, boys had drained water tanks and cut phone lines before setting fire to their principal's auto and pushing it into his home.

They expected to go home with substantial information - if they will get any support to buy items for their daughters - but both the school's administration and the Board of Management (BOM) did not give immediate answers. "We can likely expect more fires next year". Others choked and fainted as they were heading out and we pulled those that we could.

"She had inhaled carbon monoxide and needed to be under observation", said Zippy. The gate, however, remained closed to journalists and the public.

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