Live Blog: Kakamega Primary School Tragedy- Memorial Service

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Coffins of the 14 pupils who perished at a stampede on February 3, 2020

On Monday, February 3, a stampede at Kakamega Primary School led to the death of over 14 pupils, with reports alleging that the tragedy was caused after the children spotted a teacher headed towards their direction with a cane.

Western region government pathologist Dickson Mchana confirmed that six of the deceased pupils died of suffocation. President Uhuru Kenyatta condoled with the families on Monday, February 3 and expressed hope for a quick recovery of the 38 pupils who were also affected as his deputy, William Ruto, visited the pupils later on Tuesday, February 4, and sympathised them. 

Ruto indicated that the government would cater for all the expenses including medical and funeral costs of the affected students.

Coffins of 13 pupils who perished at a stampede on February 3, 2020

On Thursday, February 6, one of the students, a Muslim, was laid t rest after a requiem service was held for her at Jamia Mosque, Kakamega. 

On Friday, February 7, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya led local leaders and families in celebrating the lives of the 14 angels who perished in the tragedy. The event took place at Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega. 

In this live blog, kenyagist.com keeps you updated on how the event transpires. 

11:45 am: Governor Oparanya states that the county would support the burial arrangements scheduled for today. 

“I want to thank everyone including President Uhuru Kenyatta, through his deputy William Ruto and all others who were here on Monday, including my colleagues and local leaders who have stood with us. The death of 14 pupils in one of the top schools is a big blow to our county. Let me take this time again to send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved and Kakamega County. Out of its excellent performance, this school has brought together pupils from other counties too. 

“The building that the accident happened in was constructed through community efforts and county government, housing 32 classrooms. The school has consistently recorded impressive results in the national exams with a mean score of 322 in the past five years. Its total population is 3,128 in the primary school and 296 in the ECD. It has 76 teachers, 70 for primary and 6 for ECD.

11:30 am: Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya arrives and the event commences with prayers from various local pastors. 

11:00 am: KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion arrives at the venue. 

9:00 am: ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, his counterparts Stephen Sang (Nandi), Mwangi wa Iria (Muranga), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) and Ali Roba (Mandera) arrive at the venue.

8:00 am: Crowd start streaming into Bukhungu Stadium. 

Wilson Sossion and Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago at the memorial
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion and Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago at the memorial
The crowd assembles at Bukhungu Stadium for memorial service of the 14 students who died in Kakamega Primary School
Mourners assemble at Bukhungu Stadium for the memorial service of the 14 students who died at Kakamega Primary School
Parents at Kakamega Primary School after a stampede on February 3, 2020
Parents at Kakamega Primary School after a stampede left 14 dead. 

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