Why Government Backed Down From Arresting Tot High School Principal

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i had on Friday ordered that Tot High School Principal be arrested.

This followed an attack on buses that were transporting students from the school.

The arrest order was issued following what the CS said was the school failing to adhere to regulations limiting the movement of school buses past 6.30 pm.

But days after directing the police to arrest the school principal, it has emerged that the government had back down from executing the arrest.

This was confirmed by Rift Valley regional Commissioner Maalim Mohamed.

Rift Valley regional Commissioner Maalim Mohamed.

“The principal is at school carrying out his responsibility and there is no arrest,” said Mohammed.

He noted that they had allowed the principal to continue with his duties, as arresting him would cause ‘unnecessary tension’. 

“We have allowed him to continue his duties and particularly, we don’t want to create unnecessary tension. Our students are already traumatized,” added the regional commissioner.

The Rift Valley security boss further said they had already initiated talks with the students and calmed them down. 

“We have calmed them down, assuring them of security. They are now calm and for those in school, they are continuing with their students,” he said.

One of the buses attacked by bandits.

A decision to order the arrest of the school head had sparked criticisms from leaders and Kenyans on Social Media.

But even as those injured following the Thursday night attack continue receiving treatment, the Rift Valley security boss said they had deployed police officers to Tot High School.

There are also plans to counsel the students.

“We have taken armed officers to the school. We have four armed officers manning the school 24/7. We are going to take counselors to the school so that we are able to calm them down following the incident,” noted Maalim Mohammed.

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