Kenya: Arson blamed for deadly dormitory fire

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He previously said the school, which has almost 1,200 students, is "one of our top schools in the country and". I slept in the one adjacent to where the fire started.

The parents feel that the sessions will help their daughters, who were overwhelmed by grief.

The young women touched by this tragedy are the best of us: diligent, committed to learning, and prepared to make a difference in the life of the country they love.

In another case, girls smeared butter on their curtains and beds before setting them alight, Cooper said.

"The students always say, "no one listens to our concerns".

Tasha Wanjala, 14, is lucky to have escaped the death chamber that was the burning dormitory at Moi Girls' High School. This compared, according to one academic source, with 76 fires from 2011 to 2013. Nearly none of the cases have been successfully prosecuted. We heard the students in that cubicle screaming and we went there and tried to stop the fire, but it was spreading very fast and so we chose to run outside.

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A parent embraces a student following a fire which burnt down one dormitory of Moi Girls. /INDEPENDENT

Kenya frequently sees deadly protests, including after the presidential elections held last month.

One of the students said the dormitory will always hold bad memories for her. "It's one way for voiceless citizens to be heard".

Speaking at the school grounds, Education CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i said that they were seeking the answers to what could have caused the fire. "It is not right", he said. We are going to do whatever it takes to support the school to resume its regular programmes in good time.

Kenya is East Africa's largest economy but unemployment is high and corruption is rife, making life hard for many ordinary people.

Unemployment is high in Kenya and corruption is rife, and control of a school can mean not just a government salary, but an opportunity to extort extra money from students and parents in fees or other charges.

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