Suicidal student caused Moi Girls fire that killed eight

Policemen stand in front of a cordon line following a fire which burnt down one dormitory of Moi Girls school in Nairobi Kenya

Detectives Sunday stepped up their investigations into a dormitory fire that killed eight students and left several others injured at Moi Girls' School in Nairobi.

The deadly fire which broke our early Saturday, September 2 morning, is said to have been caused by a Form One student who had tried to commit suicide twice.

A police source said Education CS Fred Matiang'i, who is also the acting Interior minister, had appointed top investigators to handle the matter and directed them to act with speed to pave way for Form Four students who are expected to return to school on Friday.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

In 2016, more than 100 schools across the country were targeted by arsonists. "We also stand with the fraternity of the school, including students, workers, teachers, and parents for what they are going through at this moment", the NASA leader said. I sleep in the one adjacent to the one where the fire started.

"Some of the fires we have faced before in the sector are related to that kind of thing, politicisation of school headship, politicisation of responsibility in the education sector. Right now, we are focused on managing the wounds to ensure that there are no infections", said Wanjala. It was not clear how many fires were deliberate. "It was horrific", she said.

Those who unfortunately died in the inferno would be identified after DNA tests as they were burnt beyond recognition.

"We can not resolve a conflict on the headship of the school by burning a school".

"We have a corporate account with the school, which is our neighbour, and so the ministry will chip in as promised to help clear the balance of those discharged as well", he said.

Kenya is East Africa's largest economy but unemployment is high and corruption is rife, making life hard for many ordinary people.

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