Petrol operators warned as Kiraithe accuses education stakeholders of fueling school fires

Petrol operators warned as Kiraithe accuses education stakeholders of fueling school fires

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Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA:The government has accused some of stakeholders in the Ministry of Education of being behind the burning of school incidences being witnessed in the country.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Thursday, government spokesman Erick Kiraithe pointed an accusing finger to some people within the education sector of fueling the crisis for their selfish ambitions .

“The government is aware of elements of criminality ,which are involved in this, people whose ambition has gotten into their heads ,if there are ways of becoming a principal ,dont imagine that encouraging criminality is the only way that you can unseat the incumbent.”Kiraithe said

He said the such incidences are being investigated and those found culpable will face the law .

“These elements are being investigated they will be named, ashamed and where there is evidence prosecuted.” He reiterated.

Kiraithe urged the stakeholders in the education sector to employ mechanisms in tackling the matter through engagement with students to avert further crisis.

Kiraithe also sent a stern warning to petroleum operators, to desist from selling their products to suspected people.

He said that the government will not condone selling of petroleum products which are used to burn schools, urging those involved to stop; failure to which they will bear the consequences.

“If any petroleum product which was used for arson is traced back to your station we shall hold you responsible for criminal negligence.”He said.

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Separately ,Kiraithe said that the government has temporarily halted evacuation exercise of Kenyans stuck in southern Sudan following calmness that has been witnessed in the recent past, but pointed that if need be the government will embark on the evacuation process.