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Families of dead Kakamega pupils to get free legal aid

Tuesday February 4 2020

Leaders address journalists at Kakamega Primary School

Leaders address journalists at Kakamega Primary School on February 4, 2020 following the deaths of 14 pupils in a stampede. LSK has said it will offer free legal advice to families of the victims. PHOTO | CAROLINE WAFULA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) will offer free legal advice to families of 14 pupils who died in a stampede at Kakamega Primary School.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, LSK President Allen Gichuhi made the pledge and regretted the incident which led to “unnecessary loss of lives of children in Kakamega”.

“I urge the government to act with speed and in the best interest of the welfare of the children and probe the matter to its core and come up with a plausible way forward which will ensure such a tragedy never happens again,” he said.

“We convey our sympathies to the parents who have suffered great anguish, pain and trauma. We wish your children quick recovery, and those who have gone through irredeemable loss by death, may you receive our heartfelt condolences.”

PROFESSIONAL ADVICE

He said that LSK, through its western Kenya branch, will offer professional advice to the affected families.

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“Any death is one too many, and it is even more painful when the life of a vibrant young person full of hope is snuffed out by the cruel hand of death, more so under circumstances where such deaths are avoidable,” added Mr Gichuhi.

The school was on Tuesday closed temporarily to allow for investigations into the tragic deaths of the 14 pupils in a stampede on Monday evening.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said the institution will remain closed until Monday next week.

"We have decided that the children should rest for the rest of the week. The school is expected to be reopened on Monday after a thorough assessment,” the CS said.

Counselling desks, he said, will be established at the school to offer help to traumatised families.

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