DP Ruto visits Kakamega Primary School

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Deputy President Dr. William Ruto and leaders from Kakamega county at the accident scene of accident at Kakamega Primary School when he toured to establish death of 14 pupils who perished and 39 injured in a staircase stampede at their school on Monday [COURTESY]

Deputy President William Ruto paid a visit to Kakamega Primary School following the tragic stampede incident that left 14 pupils dead, two in the intensive care unit and 39 seriously injured.

During his visit, he told families of those affected the State will organise for the burial of the deceased pupils with the help of the County Government of Kakamega.

“We shall provide finances that will take care of the hospital bills and burial expenses to the affected families. A committee has been put in place consisting of both national and county government officials to plan for their decent sendoff next week,” Ruto said.

“We are devastated by the tragedy that has hit Kakamega Primary School this evening; our prayers, love and thoughts to the families and relatives of the victims of the misfortune. The Government has activated its emergency networks and medical specialists to attend to the affected; we guarantee our total support to ensure the affected learners receive utmost medical attention,” DP Ruto said on his Twitter.

DP Ruto was received by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Education PS Dr Belio Kipsang.

The stampede happened around 5 pm as the pupils were going home.

According to one of the pupils, the stampede happened after one of them tried to block a group that was going down the stairs on the third floor. One pupil is said to have forcefully pushed the others.