Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has threatened to sue Health and Education ministries over the Mukumu Girls tragedy.
Addressing the media, KUPPET secretary General Akelo Misori said the union would seek legal actions against the two ministries following the death of a teacher who served as boarding mistress at the institution.
The union has threatened to file a lawsuit over what it views as unfair removal of Mukumu Girl’s Principal Frida Ndolo, terming it as a cover up.
The general has accused the two ministries of negligence for not laying out proper infrastructure, claiming that the institution had been overpopulated.
“We are the representative of the people and can sue on behalf and have the legitimate mandate to do that, in the circumstances, our member has died because of their negligence,” he said.
“We are suing the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education on behalf of the families who may not have the voice to do the same. We must sue and demand for damages…they must pay and I know evry court in this land will listen to us.”
He has blamed the Education CS Ezekiel Machogu over his recent move to replace Principal Ndolo with Sr Jane Mmbone Wamukoya stating that the government is only looking for someone to blame for their mistakes.
“The ministry has problems of compliance, as long as no deaths or diarrhoea has been reported, nobody cares for compliance,” he noted.
“The deceased is the person who has been taking what the children have been eating…they have died because they’re the boarding mistress.
According to the Secretary General, their has been a huge increase in the number of students in most schools in Western Kenya which has led to strained resources causing health concerns.
“A school of 2,028 is an equivalent of a sub-location in some jurisdiction of this country which has got two health centers,” he stated.
“How did the Ministry of Education say that you must admit more than the number of students required in a school life Mukumu whose capacity according to the establishment is supposed to have only 600 students?”
KUPPET have said that the forceful retirement of school head and dissolution of the board amounts to a cover-up, and that instead of such a move, the Education CS should form a team to review the safety of learning institutions.