Deputy President William Ruto has announced that the government will pay for the funeral bill of 14 Kakamega Primary School pupils who were killed in a stampede on Monday night.
Speaking on Tuesday when he went to visit the school, he said the national government in conjunction with the Kakamega County Government would jointly incur all the costs required to give the children a decent send off.
“As a national government, and on behalf of all Kenyans, we’re here to stand with the people of Kakamega County, especially the parents who lost their children. We would like you to know that through this very difficult time, we are with you,” he said.
“I have spoken to Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, the national and county governments will come together to ensure that whatever will be needed – financially, and every other arrangement – will be catered for jointly so as to ensure our children are given a worthy send off.”
The DP urged all the parents and the other students to avail themselves for counselling.
“I want to urge all parents that there will be doctors here, even if your child was not injured, many of them will still be affected in one way or the other including psychologically, so counselling is important…because these children have lost their schoolmates, classmates, deskmates and friends,” he stated.
He assured the that there will be investigations to establish the cause of the stampede.
“Investigations are presently ongoing to enable us know what the problem was and where the loophole is so that we can make sure this tragedy does not happen again to this or any other school in Kenya.”
“Losing 14 children is no joke. We are giving our security team the time to give us a full report so that so that we can ensure nothing that has happened in this school ever happens again,” he stated.