The government of Kenya will foot the hospital bills of the pupils who got injured in a stampede at Kakamega Primary school on Monday evening.
It will also cater for the funeral of 14 pupils who got killed in the unfortunate incident.
Deputy President Dr William Ruto who visited the school on Tuesday afternoon to condole with the families and local community following the loss of the 14 learners said the government will foot all the bills.
Deputy President William Ruto this afternoon visited Kakamega Primary school to condole with the families and local community following the loss of 14 learners in a stampede. pic.twitter.com/WLfX3nNsEx
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Government to foot the bill for the funeral of 14 Kakamega Primary School pupils killed in a stampede yesterday, DP Ruto says as he visits the institution. pic.twitter.com/25XTImUVNZ
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As at midnight Monday, two pupils were at the Kakamega Referral Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 39 others nursing injuries.
Ruto visited the school after Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna and Basic Education PS Dr Belio Kipsang who had arrived in the morning.
The stampede happened around 5 pm as the pupils were going home.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Senator Cleophas Malala and Lurambi MP Titus Kahamala are among the leaders who visited the injured pupils by Monday midnight.
According to one of the pupils, the stampede happened after one of them tried to block a group that was going down the stairs on the third floor.
One pupil is said to have forcefully pushed the others.
Reports had earlier on indicated that the stampede occurred when the pupils were rushing to go home after the ringing of a bell.