If the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) files arson charges against five high school pupils, they might face lengthy prison sentences. The five teenagers from Masaani Girls' Secondary School were arrested by investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Tuesday, November 30. The five were apprehended after DCI Machakos conducted an investigation, and authorities believe they were engaged in setting fire to a dormitory at the university. The fire destroyed items worth Ksh4 million, according to the cops.
The NPS has urged parents to speak with their children about the dangers of criminal activity, emphasizing that such behavior will not be accepted. They will face charges of arson and similar offenses in court. It is important to note that, contrary to popular belief, being a student does not exempt one from criminal liability. Arson is a heinous crime that carries a sentence of life in prison. The National Police Service has stated that the culprits and their collaborators will face severe consequences. They believe that merchants of petroleum products and other flammables are to blame for school fires. "We urge our police to guarantee that fires in schools are immediately investigated and the perpetrators charged," the statement continued.
Busia County police recently detained four other students in Butula in connection with an alleged arson incident. The four Bunjumba Girls Secondary School students will be arraigned in the near future. On November 8, Prof. George Magoha, the Education Cabinet Secretary, said that students involved in fire incidents would be barred from enrolling in public universities.
During a tour of Machakos County schools, the CS stated that the directive would help to reduce school indiscipline. He went on to say that torching school buildings was primitive and that schools across the country would not be closed as a result of the incidents.
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