Shinyalu MP calls for speedy probe over increasing school fires

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Shinyalu MP Fred Ikana

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Shinyalu MP Fred Ikana has raised concern over the rising cases of school arson in the Constituency and called for speedy investigations into the matter.

He spoke after a dormitory at Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls High School was razed on Saturday afternoon.

“I am privy to details of a reported fire outbreak at Mukumu Girls which has been swiftly contained. Much appreciation to everyone who ensured that calm was restored. My team is on the ground and is still available to provide support where possible,” the MP said.

He noted that Shanderema Secondary and Lugala Primary have also suffered after a dormitory and an administration block, respectively, were burnt in the past two weeks.

“Recently, similar incidents of fire outbreaks were reported at Shanderema Boys and Lugala Primary, which raise concerns and calls for effective contingent measures to guarantee a timely response not just in Shinyalu but also in Kenya at large,” he added.

Several suspects, including students and teachers, are being questioned over the attacks.

Ikana said that measures should be put in place to guarantee children’s safety and a secure learning environment while in school.

“Any form of distraction will not deter our commitment to defend and secure the future of our children,” he said.

Mukumu Girls Principal Jane Mmbone disclosed that the burnt dormitory accommodated 156 students.

Ikana called on education stakeholders in the area to collaborate with security agencies in sharing progressive ideas.

“I remain committed to working closely with education stakeholders to ensure that safety is guaranteed in schools to avert similar incidents in the future.” He said.

By Denis Lumiti

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