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October 17, 2018

Student,14, to appear in court over Moi Girls arson

A parent embraces her daughter at Moi girls secondary school following dawn fire that burnt the school Dormitory leaving seven dead and scores Injured on September 1,2017. /ENOS TECHE.
A parent embraces her daughter at Moi girls secondary school following dawn fire that burnt the school Dormitory leaving seven dead and scores Injured on September 1,2017. /ENOS TECHE.

A girl believed to have started a fire that killed her nine colleagues at Moi Girls in Nairobi will be arraigned this morning.

Police are likely to seek more time to detain the 14-year-old form one student in order to complete investigations into the matter.

Preliminary probe has shown that the fire started from her bed.

Read: Moi Girls' fire was arson, Matiang'i says, death toll rises to nine

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More than a dozen students grilled over the incident have mentioned her as the key suspect.

"The teenage student in question was earlier suspended from school over indiscipline, she was even walking with a matchbox in the school," one of the officers investigating the case said.

Preliminary police findings also show the young girl had threatened to "cause something horrific" after her parents declined to move her from the institution.

She allegedly tried to commit suicide after being suspended but she was later readmitted by the school management.

Also read: Bereaved Moi Girls parents asked to give DNA samples

Arson is to blame for the Moi Girls' fire that claimed nine lives, Education CS Fred Matiang'i said on Monday.

Matiang'i, who doubles as the acting Interior CS, said this was the conclusion after thorough investigations by police.

"It was not an accident, it was arson," he said following the incident during which seven pupils were killed.

He said two out of 10 injured students later succumbed to their injuries.

More on this: [VIDEO] Seven students die, 10 hospitalised in Moi Girls Nairobi inferno

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