Police have arrested five students from Maasai Girls' school in Machakos county who are suspects of a fire incident that destroyed the school's dormitory on November 25.
The students were arrested after an investigation by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) that found them culpable in burning the dormitory which housed student and the institution's property worth Ksh. 4 Million.
Following the rising number of fire cases in schools, National police service has issued a warning that they will take a disciplinary action against students charged with arson even if they are minors.
"It is worth noting that contrary to some myths and believes, being a student does not absolve one from criminal responsibility. Arson is a serious offence and is punishable by life imprisonment," read a statement by NPS dated November 30.
Police further stated that they will expedite justice action on anyone who will be involved in arson cases in schools.
"NPS will take tough action against any perpetrators, their accomplices and vendors of petroleum products and other flammables who are connected to fire incidences in schools. We urge our officers to ensure fire incidences in schools are expeditiously investigated and culprits charged promptly," the statement added.
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