Malindi High school continue mourning of their loved ones

Alloys Musyoka 15:54 08/10/2012
Students and teachers at Malindi High school in Malindi district are still mourning the death of their deputy principal teacher who perished in a fire tragedy alongside his family.

According to Malindi High school principal Mr. Emmanuel Kitaso the school set aside three days mourning period from Saturday to Monday.

He said death of the principal an his family which occurred in the school compound affected everybody in the school and studies could not be continued.

"We started mourning for our departed friend who lost together with his family during the fire tragedy for three days from Saturday so studies will resume from Tuesday," noted Kitsao.

Burial of perished family of 8 will be buried on Saturday at their home in Mpeketoni Lamu county according to the school' boarding teacher Mr. John Muasya.

Six children that is four boys and two twin sisters along side their parents died on Friday night after fierce inferno razed down their house which they had started living just a week before their death.

Malindi High School principal Emmanuel Kitsao had said that the incident occurred at about midnight of Friday when he first heard explosion which was followed by distress call from the deputy headteachers' servant quarter.

He said that he then ran outside his house to see what had happened just to find the house of his neighbor the deputy was on fire before he mobilized students and started putting off fire.

On the process students managed to rescue two children who were taken to Tawfiq hospital where they died later due to suffocation.

Remain bodies of the rest six people were collected on Saturday and taken to Star mortuary as investigation into the matter continues according to Malindi district commissioner Joshua Nkanatha.

A teacher at the school who spoke on matter of anonymity said that government investigators arrived in the school on Saturday to collect information in what is said to establish the real cause of the fire that killed eight people of the family.

It is claimed that the government is not satisfied with many theories that have been brought up after the fire tragedy and now want to establish what was the main cause amid claims that there are some people behind the matter.

"They said that there must be something more than what is being said and they believe that there is someone behind it that why they also collected sample from the house that was burnt," said the teacher.

Reports indicates that Kenya power and Lightening company has distanced themselves from the fire tragedy from the theory that it was caused by electric fault claiming an extension of the house that the deputy constructed they were not consulted on wiring and that could have caused the fire.

The deceased teacher had just occupied the house a week before he died few months after he was promoted to deputy principal.

Her wife was teacher before she resigned for business activities and she had several cereal shops in the tourist town as well as renting houses.