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Police investigating over 40 students in Murang’a over arson

About 40 students from schools in Murang’a County are being investigated over arson and attempted arson.

The Students are from 17 schools that have experienced unrests in the month of July.

Three of the students from Dr. Kiano boys high school in Kangema sub county have been arraigned in court and charged with arson.

The students were arrested after a dormitory was razed down by fire last Saturday at 10 pm as the students were watching the world cup with over 80 students losing their personal items in the fire.

Eight students from Makuyu boys secondary school in Maragua sub county have also been arrested after they were found with a bottle containing petrol.

Sources in the police indicate that the 8 had allegedly set a curtain on fire using a match stick in one dormitory and are being held at Makuyu police station as the police await their parents to be able to record their statements.

According to the county criminal investigations officer Julius Rutere, the eight will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Seven students from Maragua Elite said to have attempted to light a fire in a dormitory using pieces of paper have also been arrested.

In the neighboring Ichagaki Boys high school, over 20 students suspected to have masterminded unrests in the institution have recorded statements.

This is after beds in one of the dormitories caught fire and were completely destroyed.

Investigations are ongoing in the nearby Thangira day school after students destroyed windows and doors to their classrooms before they stormed out.

In Kariti secondary school, four students were arraigned in court on Wednesday but did not take plea as the police requested for more time to complete their investigations. The students will take plea next Monday.

The police are also investigating an incident where two dormitories burnt down at St. Pauls Kiambugi boys high school on Sunday at one pm.

The students had staged a walk out the previous day and were repulsed back into the school by the police before the two dormitories were gutted down.

In Maragi secondary school, 6 students have recorded statements after a failed attempt to burn desks in a classroom.

Learning is however going on uninterrupted at Murang’a high school even after a cubicle that was accommodating 8 students burnt down.

At Elite Academy, students staged a walk-out without any destruction of property which also happened in St Pauls Kamukabi day school and Mununga Mixed secondary schools.

In Kinyoho  and Gatundu-ini secondary schools students staged protests and were contained.

-Alice Waithera

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