Report on Kakamega school stampede indicates no one was culpable for incident

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Kakamega Primary School. Photo/Courtesy

Details on the long awaited report on what caused the Kakamega primary school stampede that left 15 pupils dead with several injured have been released and according to the revelations the stampede was an unfortunate event and no one is culpable.

The reports states that there is no clear criminal act that was committed and no person has been mentioned as culpable.

The report released by prosecution counsel for the office of the director of prosecution Erick Mutua indicates that statements from various persons mainly teachers who recorded with police did not directly witness what occurred.

The other statements indicate that unidentified boys, between 2 to 4, were seen blocking the stairway some say they were mopping while others stated they were there for no specific reason. However none of those who recorded the statement could identify the said boys or the class they belonged to.

The report indicates that from the post mortem the cause of death was mostly asphyxia, respiratory failure related to the stampede. The preliminary report by the Western regional coordinator dated 14th February 2020 indicates that the stampede incident was not linked in any way to the failure of the structures.