The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Sports and Culture Amina Mohammed has called on the Kakamega Primary fraternity and parents to exercise restraint as the investigations into the deaths of 14 pupils continue.
Mohammed said it is usual for speculations to arise when such an incident happens but appealed to the affected families and the local community to give the investigating team a chance to conclude its work.
The CS spoke on Wednesday during the burial of Laila Kiberenge at the Muslim cemetery in Kakamega town.
Laila, a 12-year-old class five pupil, is the first victim to be interred after dying in a stampede as pupils were descending stairs at school on Monday evening.
The area Senator Cleophas Malala challenged the investigators to fast-track their work so that the cause of the stampede is made known.
“The people want to be told the circumstances that triggered the stampede that led to the death of the children and so the investigation report should be released to defuse the tension,” he observed.
Ikolomani Member of Parliament Bernard Shinali asked the school authorities to devise modalities for ensuring safety of the learners while on the school compound.
He stated that as local leaders, they are going to work with school managers in order for the schools to have the infrastructure that is safe and secure for use.
There will be a requiem mass for the remaining 13 at Bukhungu Stadium on Friday while all the expenses would be would be jointly cleared by the county and national governments.
By Sammy Mwibanda