MIGORI, 19TH FEBRUARY 2018: Kehancha Mixed Secondary School in Kuria West Sub-County risks sinking due mining activities around the school compound.
The school Principal Daniel Mirumbe told journalists who visited the school that mines dug around the school has put the lives of more than 500 students at risk. He says that dormitories, toilets and other school infrastructure have developed cracks as a result of explosives used during the excavation of gold in the nearby mines.
“I am worried that some of the tunnels dug underground by miners could be running under the school compound and may cause our structures to sink,’’ he said.
Mirumbe pointed at a 120 metres deep borehole which used to serve students with enough water but now is dry due activities at a nearby mine.
“Since we started experiencing extreme water shortfall from our borehole students are forced fetch water from outside the school in river Tebese about a kilometre away,” he said.
Parents also expressed fears that continued uncontrolled mining around the school is putting the lives of their children at risk.
Two parents Janet Mwita and Sarah Boke Chacha want the Government and the relevant mining and environmental authorities to intervene and help them drive out the miners while securing the school from further encroachment by the neighboring community.