Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui has assured Kuresoi North residents that the county government was working on modalities to install lightning arresters in all learning institutions.
His assurance comes after three pupils at Mkulima primary were struck to death while 50 others were left nursing injuries after a lightning hit their classroom.
The governor said that lightning is an unpredictable phenomenon and therefore the leadership was determined to ensure children study in secure buildings. “This being the case, we are going to install lightning arresters promptly to avert more deaths in a similar manner in this lightning prone area,” he stressed.
The area MP, Moses Cheboi announced that Kenya Power (KP) through the ministry of energy was ready to provide manpower on how to install the arresters.
“As a pilot program, 12 primary schools have been identified to have the arresters installed to guard against lightning that have cost the lives of several people and livestock,” Cheboi said.
He added that from now onwards all upcoming schools in the area would have to be installed with arresters before students move in.
The two spoke on Wednesday during the burial of three pupils of Mkulima primary who were killed by lightning last Thursday.
Leaders present among them Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Women Representative, Liza Chelule, Nyota Ward MCA Ben Tesot and area Deputy County Commissioner, Felix Watakila condoled with the family and promised to work out a lasting solution to the problem.
By Emily Kadzo and Shanice Kimutai