Courts awards KSh1.25M to each of 15 pupils killed in Kakamega Primary School stampede

for Tv47 Digital March 16, 2023, 09:43 AM
A court has awarded KSh1,250,000 for each of the 15 pupils who were killed during a deadly stampede at Kakamega primary School (pictured) on February 3, 2020. PHOTO/FILE

In Summary

  • On the fateful day, witnesses told the court that the learners were descending a narrow and dark stairway of the four-storey building at around 4:30 pm, when a teacher came out of a classroom and shouted at them.
  • Out of fear, the pupils started running helter-skelter, leading to the deadly stampede as they trampled on each other.

A court has awarded KSh1,250,000 for each of the 15 pupils who lost their lives following a stampede at Kakamega Primary School on February 3, 2020.

Kakamega Chief Magistrate Linus Kassan on Wednesday, March 15 ruled that the school’s board management, the County Director of Education and the Ministry of Education were 100 percent liable for the death of the pupils.

Consequently, Magistrate Kassan ruled that the three should pay for the costs and interests in the case at court rates.

The case was filed by Ibrahim Kiverenge Ali, Jerusha Kiverenge, Irene Ambundo, Joice Mabuko on behalf of other parents who lost their children in the stampede.

What happened?

On the fateful day, witnesses told the court that the learners were descending a narrow and dark stairway of the four-storey building at around 4:30 pm, when a teacher came out of a classroom and shouted at them.

Out of fear, the pupils started running helter-skelter, leading to the deadly stampede as they trampled on each other.

“In my view, the school management who are responsible for the care of the minors bear the greatest responsibility of ensuring that they children are safe and free from harm,” noted the magistrate.

He added: "They ought to have foreseen any danger that might have arisen in case of such an unexpected event being the care takers of the children during the school going hours. For the above reasons, I find and uphold that the defendants are jointly liable for the minors’ fatal injuries at 100 percent liability."

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