Fourteen pupils were killed and at least 39 others injured in Kakamega Primary School stampede that happened on Monday, February 3. Mactilda Musimbi, a mother of one of the children killed in the accident recalls final moments with her daughter.

Mactilda Musimbi says her relationship with her late daughter Antoinette has been the best.

Antoinette wanted to be a teacher, just like her. What’s more, she has been always among the top five top performers in her class.

“ She told me she wanted to be a teacher just like me. But at school, she likes music. I also did up to college level,” Musimbi told K24 TV in an interview.

Musimbi says she has plastic basins and other presents given to her departed daughter for her stellar performance in school.

“ In 2016, she told me: I will bring you a big bucket which you will be using to wash our baby,” recalls Musimbi, “I was then expectant.”

And her daughter delivered her promise.

On Wednesday, January 29, Antoinette asked her to get her a laptop bag.


She would purchase three bags which were delivered on Sunday, February 2. She says Antoinette spent a joyous evening, happy and cracking jokes with her siblings.

On Monday as it was norm, she prepared tea and later escorted the kids to school. But she would go back to school for a parents’ meeting.

Musimbi has a daughter in class seven in the same school.

She stayed in the school up to 20 minutes to 4 pm when she left the school for home so that her last-born child could find her at home.

It’s while at home when she was called by a boda boda rider who told her an accident had happened at the school and many people had been rushed to hospital.

A teacher friend also called her about an accident at the school, telling her there were reports that several kids had died and several others injured.

She rushed to Kakamega County Referral Hospital where it hit her that her daughter had died.

“I searched hospital beds but didn’t find my daughter. But looking on the floor, I saw my daughter was lying lifeless. It is very painful. It is only God who will give us strength to accept what happened”

Kakamega Stampede: 'I met daughter minutes to her death'

Kakamega Stampede: 'I met daughter minutes to her death'

Geplaatst door K24 TV op Dinsdag 4 februari 2020

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