One of the nine girls who died in the Moi Girls’ School dormitory fire was buried in Nakuru on Friday.
Esther Wamuthee was a peaceful, calm, loving, disciplined and outgoing child, her mother Grace Wanjiku told mourners.
“She was everything to me. I do not remember punishing her and I do not remember her being naughty. I will miss you, daughter. Sleep well…till we meet again.”
The form one student was buried at Wanyororo village in Bahati constituency.
Wanjiku said the news was shocking. She was last with Wamuthee on August 28 when she took her to school.
Education CS Fred Matiang’i said the fire was an arson.
Matiang’i noted some arson attacks were related to fights over staff appointments in schools, where senior positions can bring financial rewards.
He also said it was established that some incidents are related to cases of discipline.
“It is very unfortunate that we had to lose our children in such a manner. We have all the leads to the suspects but our love goes to affected families. We shall support them in all ways to ensure we ease their burdens,” he said on September 24.
Unemployment is high in Kenya and corruption is rife, and control of a school can mean not just a government salary, but an opportunity to extort extra money from students and parents in fees or other charges.
In his address at the burial, area MP Kimani Ngunjiri asked detectives to ensure the culprits are punished.
“It was a very unfortunate incident. Lives were lost and property destroyed because of a few culprits. This is backward,” he said.
The MP asked students to embrace peace and be God-fearing, and parents not to leave their responsibilities to teachers and school administrators.
“Know your child well…interact.”
PEACE AHEAD OF ELECTION
Ngunjiri also urged peace and cohesion among all tribes.
Ngunjiri asked Kenyans to stop meddling in the Supreme Court’s verdict on the presidential election and campaign for the repeat October 26.
“The court made a ruling according to what was presented and heard. That the ruling should be respected even though some individuals do not agree with it.”