Students at Eor Ekule Secondary school in Narok East, Narok County on Sunday, September 11, burnt down a dormitory after they were barred from holding a Christian Union function with counterparts from a nearby girls’ school.
What started as mere joke turned tragic when the students opted to set one of the school dormitories on fire.
According to witnesses, the students were heard shouting and wailing as the fire quickly spread.
This forced the Narok County Government to send the quick response team which included firefighters who assisted in putting off the fire.
Narok Senator Ledama Olekina visited the school moments after the fire had been put off and had a conversation with the students.
According to the Senator who is serving his first term in the Senate, the students were angered by the fact that they were not allowed to worship with girls.
“The students decided to burn their dormitory because they were not allowed to hold a joint Christian Union function with girls in the school! It is very upsetting to see young boys aged between 13-14 suffer because of a few senior boys who do not care about education,” said Olekina.
He said that the fire started a few minutes past midnight and completely burnt the rooftop of the building.
The students also suffered losses as some of the items were also burnt in the incident.
In an amateur video shared by Olekina, he is seen having word with the students who were forced to stay put in the cold for the night since they did not have a place to sleep.
“You are lucky that here in school you even eat bread, I'm so sure some of you rarely see this at your homes,” he said.
The outspoken senator said that he was praying for the students so that God can put wisdom in their heads and make them reason better.
“You are the leaders of tomorrow but you want to spoil your life and future as you watch,” he told the students who were listening keenly.
He said that what some of the students wanted to achieve was to ensure that they are sent home.
“Life is so hard outside here and it is so difficult, some of us work 24 hours a day so that we can be able to employ people. It is not easy,” he said.
The Senator told them that it was so unfortunate that the students had decided to burn down the dormitory just because of Christian Union and music instruments.