Police officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigators (DCI) have unmasked eight students captured in a viral video hurling insults at Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Education counterpart Amina Mohammed. In the video doing rounds on social media, the students of Ambira High School, Siaya County, apparently celebrating completing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams threw unprintable epithets to the two members of Kenya’s executive arm.
Detectives raided the school on Friday, November 23, in the afternoon and successfully identified the students behind the insults. The police keen to protect the minors did not reveal their identities to the media. “We have established the identities of all the students behind the clip which is nauseating. We have eight of them including the one who recorded the clip,” said area DCI boss Michael Baraza.
Baraza told the press they had questioned a number of the school including the principal Thomas Odhiambo Kogola, security personnel and students that had pending exams. “It is now clear the entire episode took place within the school precincts. Our investigators are still there getting finer details of the happenings,” he said on Friday, November 23 at 3pm. In the video, the excited students dressed in uniform are backdropped by a bonfire lit using books.
They excitedly shouted how they had cheated in the exams and insulted the two cabinet secretaries for applying stringent measures to bar any irregularities in the national examination. “Shule huisha tumeiba (we are done with school, we cheated in the exams)”, they said before proceeding to call them two officials names. In July 2018, the school was closed after a dormitory hosting 130 students was razed down by unknown individuals in a new wave of unrest in public secondary schools which affected larger part of Nyanza region.