A Form Two student saved the lives of her schoolmates after confronting bandits who ambushed their school bus in the recent banditry attack in Kerio Valley, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Students from Tot High School were headed back to school from a trip when the bandits sprayed their bus with bullets leaving one dead and 13 others injured.
However, despite being shot in the leg and in pain, Sylvia Losekorov, 16, gathered courage and confronted their attackers calling them out for attacking innocent students.
Speaking in Pokot dialect, Sylvia reprimanded the bandits for attacking students who knew nothing about their conflict with the Marakwet community.
“These are just innocent children and they know nothing about the conflicts here, have mercy on us,” the student reportedly told the bandits.
Following her plea, the guns went silent and the bandits disappeared into the darkness.
By this time, the driver was lying dead on his seat while students and teachers had gunshot wounds.
Prior to the attack, Sylvia had just hurried his father, a renowned horticulture farmer in Kerio Valley who died as a result of a banditry attack.
Following the attack, Education CS George Magoha directed that schools should not operate past 6:30 PM and urged the police to intercept when such cases occur.
“We have to protect the lives of our children, because the deaths that have occurred, are careless and useless. It should not have happened
“From my perspective, I have officers in the field…if we find out that school buses which have yellow colour…intercept them, it is better to have the children hungry overnight than dead,” Magoha said.
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