matiBarely three hours after Education cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i left Nyamache Secondary School in Kisii, a dormitory and the academic block were burned down.

Matiang’i was in the institution earlier in the day for its prize giving day and to lead a funds drive in aid of the school, which was until then unaffected by the student unrest wave. He was accompanied by at least 6 MPs from the region.

In a little over three hours after his departure, something must have happened to provoke the students into burning down the two buildings – dormitory and academic block.

Speaking of the incident, Jairus Onchoke, Kisii county head teacher’s association chairman, termed the arson at Nyamache as an embarrassment to the minister.

“Yes there is a fire at Nyamache and this is a big embarrassment. We should get to the root cause of this problem,” he told the Star on phone.

We need to stop the public relations gimmicks and focus on getting a lasting solution to this escalating menace,” he added.

Nyamache is the fourth school to burn in Kisii County in just two days.

Over the weekend, students at Itierio boys’ school burned down 7 dormitories after being denied a chance to watch the Euro.

They blocked the Kisii-Migori road and pelted with stones anyone who dared venture close to the school. Fire fighters were also blocked from accessing the school.

According to the school principal, the students started chanting ‘Haki Yetu’ after their TV entertainment ended prematurely, before going on the rampage.

They were on a mission to burn every building standing.

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