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September 19, 2017

Moi Girls’ burnt bodies identified, parents counselled before viewing

A relative to one of the nine Moi Girls school students who died in the dorm fire arrive at Chiromo Mortuary for viewing of the bodies on Sept 5, 2017. Photo/Jack Owuor
A relative to one of the nine Moi Girls school students who died in the dorm fire arrive at Chiromo Mortuary for viewing of the bodies on Sept 5, 2017. Photo/Jack Owuor

All nine girls from Moi Girls’ High School, Nairobi, who died in a dorm fire on September 2 have been positively identified.

Government pathologist Johansen Oduor headed a team of experts in identifying the bodies using DNA provided by parents and relatives.

Those identified include Alakir Malong, Esther Mose, Hannah Jeiso, Hawa Awuor Aziz, Mercia Eunice Ogello, Natalia Nanga and Whitney Kerubo.

Speaking at Chiromo, National Management Disaster Unit deputy director Pius Masai said the families will first received counselling.

“ ... thereafter each family will be allowed to see their loved ones as each name has been matched with a body after the DNA test and all have been identified,” he said

“Thereafter, they will receive documentation from the doctor confirming that it is the person.”

The process took two weeks.

Sixteen students injured in the fire were hospitalised. A Form One is in police custody.

The government will meet the burial expenses.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has also promised to help pay the funeral bills as well as attend the burials.

Parents have urged the government to ensure schools adhere to safety regulations.

Last week Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said investigations point to arson.

“It was not an accident. It was arson. Some people have been interrogated. Police are trailing the main suspects,” he said yesterday at a press conference in Nairobi.

The 14-year-old arrested in connection with the fire appeared last week before Children’s Court magistrate Teresia Nyangena.

The magistrate allowed the police to hold her for seven days. The case will be mentioned today.

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