By Simiyu Simiyu
Bungoma’s KUPPET Chairman Mr Denson Barasa.
A teachers union from Bungoma is mourning the death of the seven girls that perished early today in a fire inferno that occurred at Moi Girls’ High School in Nairobi.
Speaking to this writer, Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) chairman Mr Denson Barasa expressed his disappointed following the incident and called upon school administrations to secure their institutions against such incidences.
“On behalf of KUPPET Bungoma, I mourn the lives lost in the inferno at MOI Girls Nairobi,” wrote Mr Barasa in a statement sent to Wakajuaness.Com.
“I pray for those injured physically and emotionally.”
Mr Barasa, who is also the Deputy Principal at St Mary’s Boys High School Kibabii in Bungoma, causioned school principals to ensure appropriate measures are put in place to halt any other fire tragedies.
“As we mourn, we pray that school administrations in Bungoma and Kenya as whole ensure security measures are beefed up. Check electric fittings and repair fences. May the souls of the departed RIP.”
Media reports have so far quotes 8 as the number of the students who died in the unfortunate incident.
Parents and relatives of the school’s soriority have stormed to the school to know the fate of their loved ones, many of them overwhelmed by tears.
Earlier today, NASA presidential candidate, fresh from winning a petition case against the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, visited the school and sent his condolences to the affected families.
“I wish to send my condolences to the families of those young souls who perished in this inferno,” said the Opposition leader, who was not allowed to get into the burnt dormitory.
“The remains of the affected students are still in the dormitories and the experts are working on their DNA tests,” he added.
Other leaders who have visited the school including Nairobi governor-elect Hon Mike Sonko, Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr Fred Matiang’i, Nairobi Women Rep Hon Esther Pasariss and Kibra legislator Hon Ken Oburu.
The cause of the fire has not yet been established and the police are working with the administration in the investigation.