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"We have lost seven students in this unfortunate incident", Education Minister Fred Matiangi said when he visited the Moi Girls High School in Nairobi.

Tasha Wanjala, 14, is lucky to have escaped the death chamber that was the burning dormitory at Moi Girls' High School. "It is our hope that the government will quickly conduct investigations and share findings with the public on the cause of the fire as that will be critical to helping the parents and students cope with the loss", Raila said.

Matiangi said there had been a spate of arson attacks on schools around the country, including in the coastal city of Mombasa and the western city of Kisumu.

"She first tried drinking detergent and second, she tried suffocating herself using a pillow".

"There are 10 cubicles in our dormitory, each taking eight to 10 students".

"We have a corporate account with the school, which is our neighbour, and so the ministry will chip in as promised to help clear the balance of those discharged as well", he said.

Seven students dead in fire tragedy at Moi Girls Nairobi

But AFP reported that police are trying to determine if the blaze is linked to a wave of school fires in 2016, when over 100 schools countrywide were hit by arsonists in a period of three months.

The police could not verify the girls' claims and opted to remain mum over the suicide claims and the the ongoing investigations by extension. I sleep in the one adjacent to the one where the fire started. "We can likely expect more fires next year".

"Most of the students could not even see where they were going because of the smoke and the fact that there were no lights".

"She had inhaled carbon monoxide and needed to be under observation", said Zippy.

Several students shared this narrative, but the Nation could not authenticate it independently.

But Tasha's parents, Titus and Zippy Wanjala, are glad that they were finally taking their daughter home.


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