Police in Kisii hunt for students over failed arson plot

Police are looking for some students of Nyabieyo Mixed Secondary School in Kisii who attempted to torch a parent’s house after receiving news of their teacher’s death.

Early July 2015, Parents of Nyabieyo Secondary School in Kisii protest over a teacher who had been allegedly sexually molesting female students. On learning of the death of the teacher on August 5, 2015, students attempted to burn the house of the parent who led the protest. PHOTO | BENSON MOMANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Samuel Ombati, who is a parent at the school, had earlier led a protest against the deceased, Mr Evans Oimeke, who had been accused of sexually molesting students.

The principal, Mr Philip Olela, said the students had stormed Mr Ombati’s house with an intention of burning it.

“The parent led a protest against the dead teacher over alleged sex scandals.

“It was assumed that he was against the teacher being at the school.

“The teacher died under unclear circumstances.

“Rumours started flying around and this agitated the students,” said the headteacher.

Mr Olela said the school has been closed down until further notice.


Kisii South police boss David Mburukue said about 20 students from the school pelted the house with stones and wanted to set it on fire when they got word that their teacher had died in a motorbike accident.

He said in a fit of rage, the students walked out of the school compound and threw bottles containing petrol on the roof of the house while chanting war songs, but their arson mission failed.

Mr Mburukue said police are yet to establish the students’ motive but said he was aware of the bad blood between Mr Ombati and one of the teachers.

The police boss said the deceased was seen leaving a bar in Suneka and heading to Riana on his bike and it is suspected that he was involved in an accident on the night before his death.

“Well wishers found him bleeding profusely on Monday morning around 4am and took him to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Early last month, parents marched to the school compound demanding the dismissal of Mr Oimeke,” said Mr Mburukue.

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