A Mombasa resident and father, Tsuma Kengo, was left in an inconsolable state on Wednesday as two of his children drowned to death.
Siblings, Eric Marisa (4 years old) and his three-year-old sister, Mwanahamisi Salama, reportedly met their end while trying to swim across a flooded area of the school compound following heavy rains in the area.
Shekemu Christian Academy Principal, Patricia Nyawa, on his part, stated that the two died after sneaking out of class while lessons were still on.
Nyawa disclosed to The Standard that the children often sneaked away during class hours during the rainy season in order to go swimming in artificial ponds.
"The children did not die because of laxity by the school management to protect them. All in all, we send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family," Nyawa asserted.
However, Kengo was adamant that the school was to blame, citing negligence on their part as the two children died within the school compound.
"I am calling on the authorities to investigate deaths of my children and take action against the school for negligence. They failed to protect the children I had entrusted in their care," an inconsolable Kengo lamented.
He revealed that he had received the heartbreaking news while in Mombasa, where he works as a boda-boda rider.
Area Deputy Commissioner, Josphat Biwott, while speaking at the school, urged the administration to ensure that parents escorted the children all the way to school.
He also noted that investigations into the two tragic deaths were under and that they had already questioned all the school official's that were present on Wednesday.
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