Parents, relatives and victims of the Kyanguli fire tragedy have expressed mixed reactions following a court ruling that ordered the government to pay them Kes 40 million shillings. 67 students died in the 2001 Kyanguli fire tragedy that destroyed the dormitories they were sleeping in.
High Court Justice Joseph Sergon on Thursday said the school management was negligent and failed to prevent the dormitory fire tragedy that occurred on March 26, 2001.
“There were two attempts to burn the school before. The headteacher and his deputy, failed to take measures to avert the fire,” added the judge
The judge said the school management should have carried out investigations when reports emerged of petrol in the dormitory. An action like immediate close down on the institution could have been taken until adequate measures were put in place to contain a possible strike or attack.
Parents sued the then headteacher David Mutiso Kiilu, his deputy headteacher Stephen Kasyoka Makau, Teachers Service Commission, the school board of governors and the attorney-general. They filed the claim at the High Court for damages after a previous judgment found the headteacher and his deputy guilty of negligence.
Following the court case, the government has released Kes 40,950,000 as compensation for the losses. Each family will get close to Kes 650,000.