Opposition calls for schools closure to end school fires

The Opposition has reiterated calls that schools should be closed immediately, to tame fires that have continued to raze down dormitories and administration blocks.

A day after four CORD MPs led by Timothy Bosire of Kitutu Masaba and Florence Mutua of Busia County gave the government a two-days ultimatum to address fire incidents in schools, ODM Chairman John Mbadi and Wiper Democratic Movement Party Hassan Omar have insisted that schools should be closed.

Mbadi said it is fortunate that no learners have been injured or killed in the incidents, adding that the government should not take chances, given that more schools are burning each particular day.

Terming the arson attacks as a crisis, Omar noted that the government is incapable of assuring security of our girls and boys in schools, and emphasized that in the meantime, the situation can only be controlled by closure of schools.

Cord members of parliament on Wednesday issued the government with a two-days ultimatum to address fire incidents in schools.

Bosire pointed a blaming finger to the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i, saying he is the reason behind arson attacks in schools.

He claims Matiang’i is using dictatorship to lead the Ministry by coming up with laws that are bringing negative effects to the education sector.

Busia County Women Representative Florence Mutua has called President Uhuru Kenyatta to consult with his education advisors and find a way out and restore calm in schools.

On her part, Narc-Kenya party leader Martha Karua wants the government to declare the fire incidents a national disaster.

So far, at least 120 schools have been razed down, with several others closing indefinitely after students threatened to burn them down.

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