Police and ministry of education officials in Embu county

County Review

The late Kennedy Fundi Nyaga. Photo/Courtesy.

Police and ministry of education officials in Embu county have launched investigations following a death of a form three student at Kangaru Boys.

There are allegations that the deceased minor succumbed to a thorough beating from a teacher in the school.

Kennedy Fundi Nyaga is said to have died on Sunday night at Nairobi hospital where he was taken for treatment after his health worsened.

The orphan was under full sponsership of Equity Bank Wings to Fly program and according to his aunt, Irene Waruguru, the boy has been working very hard to become a lawyer.

Ms Waruguru, who was the boy’s guardian, recounted how Kennedy and two other boys were punished after they got to a Mathematics class late by two minutes.

According to the aunt, Fundi was hit with a broom handle below his knee thus breaking his leg. That is suspected to have caused a blood clot which might have led to his death but doctors are yet to confirm.

Private

On Friday March 1, the school management, according to Ms Nyaga, took Fundi to a private hospital in Embu where an x-ray was taken. A doctor at the facility advised the school to leave the boy at the medical wards for observation, advice that was brushed aside. Instead, the boy was taken the Embu Level 5 where a cast was recommended and mounted.

Waruguru told County Review that she was summoned to school on March 5 and urged to take the boy home for proper medication.

When taken to hospital, the boy had difficulty breathing and was put on oxygen and later referred to Nairobi Hospital for further treatment where he was put in the ICU.

Julius Meli, who is Embu west OCPD, said that the matter had been reported to his office by Irene Waruguru.

The school principal, Kiminda Wambungu, declined to comment on the matter and instead directed us to the director of education in Embu county for a comment.

Education

When we contacted Mr James Kairu, who is the Embu county Director of Education, he only said that he had formed a team to look into the matter.

A Postmortem to conclusively determine what killed the boy is going on this evening.

The matter has also attracted the attention of Embu county assembly.

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