Four students of Tenwek and Siwot secondary schools have recorded statements with the police in connection with fire incidents that razed down the institutions five days ago and Monday this week respectively.
Bomet police boss Samson Rukunga said the students had recorded the statements with a view to assisting the detectives with investigations.
“The students are not necessarily the suspects but merely to assist the police with investigations in connection with the incidents,” said the OCPD.
On September 22nd, she said, five classrooms were gutted down at Tenwek secondary school and a wooden dormitory was razed down at Siwot mixed day and boarding secondary school on Monday night this week.
Rukunga further stated that on 23rd September, a cook, two watchmen and two librarians were arrested at Tenwek secondary school by the police to assist with investigations but have since been released with a police bond and report to the detectives on weekly basis.
A student of the school who had earlier been suspended on disciplinary action on 18th September was mentioned severally moments after the incident by his colleagues when the police were conducting investigation in connection with the incident at the school prompting his mother to bring him to the police station on Tuesday and was held in custody so as to record a statement before being released.
The three students of Siwot mixed day and boarding secondary school, she said, were arrested at a trading centre adjacent to the school by police officers after getting a tip-off from the public that they were in a hotel at the centre with a student who had been sent home for fees together with two students who had sneaked out of the school.
The police arrested them on suspicion that they could have been planning for an incident at the school but not necessarily that they were the arsonist in relation with the incident at the school.
The police boss, however, said that they were to record statement with the police and be released home.
He appealed to members of the public to volunteer information to the police that may lead to the arrest of the culprits behind the fires at the schools.