Top security officials in Siaya county were shocked when it emerged that one of their own allegedly played a role in what appears to be a coverup of a case in which a student has been at the centre of Rang’ala Girls School recent inferno.
Ugunja DCIO Andrew Nyambachi is under close scrutiny following mounting claims that his office was compromised by the family of the student who is a chief suspect in the arson.
Nyambachi is reported to have been compromised by the family of the student who torched a dormitory at Rang’ala Girls immediately after students reported back from their midterm holidays.
Siaya county commissioner Michael Ole Tialal ordered for the case to be revisited citing shoddy investigations and not ruling out the possibility of bribery to protect the culprits.
During a county education stakeholders’ meeting with the security, Rang’ala Girls principal Susan Owino complained on how wheels of justice at Ugunja Police Station are being slowed despite evidence and witnesses being made available.
Owino claimed that following the administration’s investigations in the fire incident, the arsonists including three other witnesses confessed on plans and execution of the incident.
The principal told the packed crowd that was chaired by Ole Tialal that after handing over the student to Nyambachi with concrete evidence and witnesses, prosecutions have not been made more than a month after.
She claimed that Nyambachi wanted more witnesses in the case despite having availed three other students who confessed having been informed by their colleague of her intention.
“It seems the DCI’s office is scuttling efforts to address unrest and security threats in our schools. What more evidence does he need if not to be compromised?” asked Owino.
Nyambachi sat pensively in the hall as he watched Owino tear into him with other stakeholders urging her to go on.
Tialal intervened before ordering the county police commander Kooli to revisit the case and ensure that justice is prevailed.
He wondered how the DCIO would still insist on additional witnesses yet three including the arsonist had been brought before his office.
“How many more witnesses can the DCIO claim to want. The case must be revisited,” stated the commissioner.
Attempts by Weekly Citizen to seek clarifications over the matter were met with rudeness when the DCIO in a text message said: “Look for somebody to joke with”. Those who know him, talk of a man who is ever arrogant.
However, Siaya county DCI boss downplayed the matter and said the version of arsonists making confession was never recorded in the file but was quick to add that the issue is being revisited.
“Apart from Rang’ala Girls, we also have a case of Nyamira in Bondo and I can confirm to you that we are working round the clock to ensure no stone is left unturned,’’ he claimed.