Students arrested following multiple Fires in Lamu School
Property worth Sh2 million had been destroyed and they suspect the students are the ones who started the fire
Three students from Lamu Boys Secondary School have been arrested over a fire that burnt down the school dormitory on Wednesday 16th May
This was the third fire incident to be reported in the school in a week. After an impromptu search the County Police Commander Muchangi Kioi said 12 bottles containing suspicious liquid and perfumes were recovered.
Mr. Kioi said the students were in police custody for interrogations. "We will give you more information but police are alert to ensure no further incident happens at the school compound," said Mr. Kioi.
The Inferno reduced to ashes more than 50 mattresses, beds and students' belongings.
A meeting was convened by the school's board of management to discuss the possibility of closing down the institution.
"We are yet to decide the fate of the school. We are meeting this morning and we will give our directives shortly after the meeting is over. So far, I can't confirm whether the school will be closed or not,"said Lamu West education officer Josphat Ngumi.
Property worth Sh2 million had been destroyed and they suspect the students are the ones who started the fire. According to the school board chairman Masjid, the students want to go home for Ramadhan which is contrary to the syllabus.
On Wednesday night hundreds of parents stormed the school night demanding to take their children home, saying they no longer trust the school administration with the security of the students.
Police had to intervene as angry parents attempted to force their way to the principal's office.
One of the other fire incidents occurred On Thursday last week, over 40 mattresses, beds and students belongings were burnt down at school's Zambarani dormitory. An electric fault is said to have been the cause of the fire, though from sources within the school said the students were the main suspects.
The second incident occurred on Sunday, a prefect cubicle with three beds and other properties was torched after which 10 students were suspended.
Parents requested the Ministry of education to intervene since the school management had failed to instill discipline.
One of the parents Mr. Bonaya Maneno said the School was a dangerous place to continue keeping their children since the institution since the institution had failed to contain the tragedies.