The death toll from the stampede that occurred on Monday evening at Kakamega Primary School has risen to 14 after one more pupil succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at Nala Nursing Home.
Two of the injured pupils were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Kakamega County Referral Hospital.
According to Kakamega Central OCPD David Kabena the pupils most of them in Class Five were leaving their classes heading home when the stampede occurred on a staircase at around 5pm.
Education CS Prof. George Magoha expressed his condolences to the affected families, even as he assured that the government would get to the root cause of the tragedy.
“The loss of a child is very painful. My condolences to parents who have lost their want to children.We want to find out why we had a stampede in the school. PS Belio Kipsang will be in the school tomorrow. We will find out what happened and action will be taken,” said Magoha in a phone interview with Citizen TV.
It is reported that a teacher at the school was beating some pupils prompting the other learners to run down a staircase and in the process, some fell and were trampled to death.