September 21st 2017

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Mombasa school headmistress, 4 others face arrest over boy’s death

The letter from DDP’s office indicated that two other prosecutors will assist the investigations team to ensure that the matter is concluded without delay. Also, the letter directs the school bus to be impounded, inspected and photographed.

By Trizza Kimanitkimani@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 24 Jul 2017 17:59 EAT

St Augustine Preparatory School bus which crushed that crushed to death the pupil.

The High Court in Mombasa has issued a warrant of arrest for the headmistress of St Augustine Preparatory School and four others after failing to appear in court. Ms Sarah Kessi and the other four failed to appear in court for murder plea in connection with the death of the 6-year-old boy crushed to death by the school bus.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had directed Ms Kessi and all those responsible to be charged with murder. Jeremiah Masila, a six year old pupil was last Friday 6:30am run over by the back wheel of the school bus when he fell down through an opening on the floor of the bus in Majengo Mombasa County.

"We have reviewed the investigation file in respect of the fatal accident of the child. Consequently, we have directed the immediate arrest of the school principal, the bursar, bus driver, the school mechanic and the bus driver's helper who was on board. We shall move to court tomorrow (today)," Mr Muteti said in a statement.

The letter from DDP’s office indicated that two other prosecutors will assist the investigations team to ensure that the matter is concluded without delay. Also, the letter directs the school bus to be impounded, inspected and photographed.

"The safety of school going children is a matter of great public interest and calls for immediate and thorough investigations into the matter to unearth the circumstances leading to the unfortunate incident."

Eye witnesses said that the late Jeremiah was trying to reach for his bottle and bag that fell near the opening. His big sister was among the pupils who were in the bus heading to school.

Two days before he met his death, Masila’s grandmother who has been taking good care of them together with his big sister, said that he demanded to speak to his mother who works abroad as he had missed her.

The governor of Mombasa County Ali Hassan Joho visited the home and he said that he will do what he can to ensure that justice for the victim prevails.

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