DP William Ruto is welcomed by Boni Khalwale when he arrived in Kakamega following the Kakamega Primary School stampede that left 14 pupils dead and others injured. Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya looks on.
DP William Ruto is welcomed by Boni Khalwale when he arrived in Kakamega following the Kakamega Primary School stampede that left 14 pupils dead and others injured. Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya looks on.

Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale caused a storm on Friday with his fiery speech at the mass funeral service for the pupils who perished at the Kakamega Primary School tragedy.

While offering his condolences to the bereaved, Khalwale called for extensive investigations to identify any acts of commission and omission that may have led to the tragedy.

“Initially there was a call for investigations to be carried out and report released Friday (today). But such short-term investigations cannot yield much. We need a commission of inquiry to delve deeper into what happened to ensure it does not happen again anywhere in Kenya,” he said.

Khalwale faulted the infrastructure of the school saying the contractor of erred in the construction of the stairway since it was too narrow for such a high number of pupils.

The former Senator’s speech wasn’t devoid of politics as he called on the region to shun the Building Bridges Initiative in its totality.

“When I went to Mumias to demand for the revival of the factory, I was chased away because they wanted me to be here to support BBI which is aimed at changing the Constitution to ensure Kenyatta continues to be president. We will not accept that.

“I would also like to tell second term governors like Oparanya that your term is over you should retire and allow some of us to carry on with leading the counties,” he said.

He further said Churches that have been holding Sunday services at the Kakamega Primary School must be moved out so that the school can be reserved only for learning.

At one point, matters almost escalated after Khalwale shut down Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala for trying to interrupt his speech as he was castigating one of the religious organisations which he claimed could be linked to the deaths.

The service was attended by among others Education PS Belio Kipsang, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion, Kuppet Secretary General Mboko Milemba, host Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and several other governors, senators, MPs and MCAs and education officials.

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