Leaders fault Nandi Government over failure to purchase fire engines

Property worth shs.4.5 million was destroyed when fire gutted a 160-bed dormitory at Laboret High School in Mosop Constituency, early Tuesday.

Following the destruction, Nandi County Senator Stephen arap Sang and Mosop MP Kirwa Bitok have demanded that Nandi County government purchases fire engines with immediate effect.

Speaking when they visited the school following the fire tragedy, the leaders questioned why the county government had not yet purchased fire engines.

It is rather unfortunate that there is no single fire engine to respond to such a disaster. Despite the county government having budgeted and allocated resources for purchase of fire engines, it has chosen not to acquire a fire engine to tackle increased incidences of fire disasters, said Sang.

Bitok also faulted the county government for failing to invest in fire engines and further accused it of laxity in their response to fire tragedies.

The leaders cited Labuiywo fire tragedy where three children lost their lives due to the lack of firefighting equipment.

Other recent fire tragedies in the county included Chepterit shopping centre, Samoei and Lelmokwo Secondary schools, and Kingwal swamp.

Senator Sang called on the Ministry of Education to equip schools with fire extinguishers.

He said fire extinguishers should be installed in schools as a precautionary measure to safeguard students, adding that the students, teachers and staff of schools should also be trained in fire-fighting exercises.

The school Principal Nicholas Lagat said there was no casualty during the fire incident as all the students were in class for the morning preps.

Bitok said the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) kitty would contribute one million shillings towards the construction of a new dormitory.

By Martin Kiplimo