Inside Kakamega stampede: What really caused the commotion that claimed lives of 14 pupils.

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The cause of a stampede that happened at Kakamega Primary School, claiming lives of 14 pupils with 40 injuries, remains a shock to parents and the entire community.

So far, the school administration has not given an official explanation on the same, with many relying on scanty details from survivors, parents and teachers.

Some pupils are blaming a teacher who was chasing them out of classes after the evening bell. It is said the teacher caused tension that led to the learners struggling to get out through a narrow door, leading to commotion.

Another student who survived the accident dismissed the narrative and instead said tension built up after one of them blocked a stair way.

According to Alphaville Keng'ore, a Grade Five pupil in the school, the student barred his colleagues, then a commotion started amongst themselves.

In the process, many pupils resorted to jumping off the stair case, with some falling on the ground and stepped over by their fellow, and as commotion ensued, some of those who were on the stairs fell off others. a move that caused suffocation amongst the pupils.

Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale has however linked the stampede to a satanic form of sacrifice.

The ex-legislator points his finger to some churches that are said to hold prayers at the school.

In a video clip that has gone viral online Khalwale says," I want the Education CS George Magoha to prevail upon the administration management of this school. This school should be used only by pupils, teachers and parents. Kakamega Primary School is rented out to churches every Sunday."

"I am now asking the minister to ban church activities within the school. Why am I saying so? You know there are churches which are of questionable practice, especially how they deal with our children."

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna and Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang, Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala among other leaders visited the school on Tuesday February 4.

Parents were barred from accessing the school for the early hours of the day as leaders held a meeting with senior county security and education officers.

The institution was closed for the rest of the week and will remain closed until investigations are carried out to establish the cause.

The incident is the latest that opens questions about the safety of pupils in learning institutions.

Towards the end of 2019, a classroom collapsed at St Catherine's Children Education Centre Bombolulu that led to death of 69 pupils. The school was also closed to allow room for investigations

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