School denies student took ethanol inside laboratory as family cries foul over kin’s death

Kapsitwet Secondary School in Trans Nzoia County has denied that the student who died yesterday took ethanol at the institution.

The school management has come out to distance itself from allegations that two students took ethanol while at school which caused the death of one of the students, Steve Rodgers.

Another student who is alleged to have taken Ethanol with the deceased is okay at home waiting for disciplinary action by the school.

A multi-agency team drawn from the Ministry of Education, Teachers Service Commission TSC and Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Tuesday visited the school to launch investigations into the ordeal.

The school board of management chairman Robert Kibii during the interview at the school said there were no laboratory classes at school over the weekend and all laboratory chemicals are accounted for.


“As a school, we are sorry for what has happened to our student but the student did not take ethanol at school unless they drank something that came from outside the school compound but we have left it to the investigators to do their work,” Kibii said.

The BOM chairman said the deceased together with another one appeared drunk and rowdy on Saturday evening while at school and wanted to beat up a teacher.

“We are very surprised what the students had taken because even the deceased was a very disciplined student. The two students were handed over to police that evening where they spent the night at the Kapsitwet police base,” added Kibii.

The board Chairman called for patience among parents to allow for the completion of investigations before the next course of action.

“We know it’s a big loss for the family but let’s know speculate and wait for the multiagency team report that is undertaking the investigation,” Kibii told Nation.

Calm has started to resume at the school after the weekend ordeal, counselling session was ongoing when Nation visited the school on Tuesday.

This comes as the family of the deceased cried foul in the death of their kin as they demanded for justice.

At his home outside a rooming house, the deceased’s father David Namiti, mother Susan Mong’ena and his three toddler siblings are overwhelmed with the reality of the death of their second born in a family of five.

“I do not agree with what the school management has told us because if my son was unconscious why didn’t they take him to the hospital instead to locking him up in a police cell? ” asked the mother of the deceased.

Mong’ena said she was called by police on Sunday to take her son to the hospital only to get him unconscious and was not talking.

A police report seen by Nation on Monday read, “Today 11/09/2023 at around 0100 hrs, the student passed away while undergoing treatment. According to the clinical officer at the facility, the deceased had allegedly taken ethanol in school.”

The body of the deceased is lying at Kitale County Hospital mortuary as detectives piece together the chronology of events of Sunday that led to the death of the student.

Detectives said they are on top of investigations into how the students allegedly accessed the laboratory chemical as an autopsy is expected later this week.

Trans Nzoia County Investigations officer Francis Kihara said that detectives have made reasonable leads into the matter.

“We have zeroed in on the cause of death of the student. Those who will be liable will be prosecuted after investigations,” said Kihara.

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