Kenya: 7 Students Die in Moi Girls School Fire

Education CS Fred Matiang'i, his PS

Education CS Fred Matiang'i, his PS

Officials say seven Kenyan schoolgirls have died in a fire in their dormitory in the capital.

Education CS, Dr. Fred Matiang'i, Governor Sonko, opposition leader Raila Odinga, former Nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi and Energy Cabinet Secretary, Charles Keter, were among leaders that visited the school.

"Our children don't have phones in school so I rushed here because as a parent I'm anxious, but we have yet to be told where our children are", said parent Joyce Mwambia.

The Kenyan police did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "I am also sad to say that seven students have died", Matiangi said at the school.

"What we know is that one of the dormitories was razed and we need to establish why that happened".

It is said that most of the casualties were as a result of a stampede and not the fire itself.

The injured, who are more than 50, have been admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital and Nairobi Women's Hospital, with close to 40 students having been treated and discharged.

The cause of the fire is yet to be established.

The school has since been closed for two weeks to allow conclusive investigations.

"At 2 a.m. our matron came telling us to get out of the hostel because there was fire in one of the hostels", student Warda Sadique told the Associated Press.

Matiangi took those measures after widespread cheating in 2015 high school final-year exams.

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