14 school children have died while at least thirty nine others were badly wounded in a stampede which occurred at Kakamega Primary School north-west of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital on Monday January 3th.
According to Western Region Police Commander Peris Kimani who confirmed the incident, twenty injured victims were treated at the county’s general and referral hospital and discharged.
It was gathered that, the pupils who are mostly aged between 10 and 12, were said to have been crushed while they were running down a narrow staircase at Kakamega Primary School after classes.
A mother to one of the victims, claims the children were running away from their teachers who were beating them while other reports stated that the staircase had collapsed.
Some of the children were said to have fallen from the 3th floor of the school building during the crush which occurred at around 5:00pm on Monday, January 3, 2020.
Parents can be collapsing in grief after identifying their children’s bodies in a local hospital.
Officials from the Kenya Red Cross Society including the police went to the school to offer emergency services.
It was further learnt that leaders and security chiefs were among those who went to the hospital after receiving reports of the terrible incident. They included Lurambi member of Parliament Titus Khamala, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, and Pauline Dola, the County Commissioner.
The Deputy President William Ruto took to Twitter and wrote,
“We are devastated by the tragedy … our prayers, love and thoughts to the families and relatives of the victims of the misfortune.”
The Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga also tweeted a condolence message in which he described the incident as “unfortunate and regrettable”.
“I wish a quick recovery to the injured children and pray that God grant strength to the affected families,” he said.
He added, “There must be an immediate and thorough probe to get to the bottom of this incident.”