Police in Trans Nzoia County are investigating an incident where this year’s KCSE candidate is reported to have died after allegedly consuming ethanol at school.
The 17-year old student at Kapsitwet Secondary School in Kwanza Constituency succumbed on Sunday night while receiving treatment at the Kitale County Referral Hospital.
Another male student is receiving treatment at the same facility following the Sunday afternoon unfortunate incident.
Kwanza Sub County Police Commander James Odera told Uasin Gishu News that investigations have been launched to determine circumstances that led to the student’s death.
“On Sunday, the students were in the laboratory and they stole and consumed ethanol. The teachers realized that and reported the matter thereafter called their parents who came. One of the students succumbed,” Odera said in a phone interview
Family call for justice
The deceased mother Susan Mong’ena said she was called by police only to find her son unconscious at the Kapsitwet Police base.
The agonizing mother said she was told to take her immobile son to hospital for medication.
“When I arrived at the police station, my son was unconscious. He could not utter anything and the police could not tell me anything. I rushed him to Kitale County Hospital at around 5 p.m,” Mong’ena said.
The mother further noted that his second born son breathed his last on Sunday night.
“I was told my son died of poison. I am still in shock and the school management has not yet communicated what really transpired. What happened and how did my son access ethanol at school? I demand answers,” she said.
The family is now calling for thorough investigations into the death of their son.
Reached for a comment, Joan Kibet, the Kapsitwet Secondary School Principal called for calmness while investigations are ongoing.
The body of the deceased is lying at the Kitale County Hospital mortuary.
Kapomboi ward Member of County Assembly Kefa Were said the School laboratory technician should be held responsible for negligence.
“While we allow the police to conduct investigations, we want to know where the laboratory technician was and where the keys were at the time of the incident. We shall know the next course of action after we get post mortem results,” Were said.