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Citizen Weekly

Sunday, 2 November 2014


Vihiga county commissioner Boaz Cherotich has sent officers to Kaimosi Girls High School in Hamisi subcounty to investigate allegations of assault against the school principal Violet Opala. This comes as teachers at the school have sworn to paralyse its activities unless the head is disciplined. Tension is high with even with student joining the feud surprisingly joining those against Opala.
Cherotich was reacting to claims by members of Vihiga county assembly that police have refused to act after Opala allegedly assaulted a teacher and a lab assistant with both incidents reported to them. The MCAs who were led by Shiru ward rep Nixon Butiya said the principal is walking scotfree even after the teacher recorded a statement at Cheptulu Police Base.
Butiya who was accompanied by assembly deputy speaker Richard Muhiga and majority chief whip Abdalla Chogo claimed police were  protecting Opala. They threatened to mobilise residents to storm the institution unless Opala is taken to court.
The teacher, Daniel Onyango, alleged that the principal assaulted him on September 12 at the institution. He said that his boss accused him of incompetence after she started a quarrel and pinched him in front of students. He said he reported the incident to the police two days later and said Opala had threatened him by saying that he will be lucky to finish his fourth year in the school before she interdicts him.
Opala has also recorded a statement at Serem Police Station over the alleged assault over a lab assistant at the school, Nelly Andaya, who has since resigned from his job after the incident. Butiya who is pregnant was rushed to a Kakamega hospital.
A source told the press that Opala called for a staff meeting in the school where she claimed that Onyango had given a student a phone for communicating with him.
Onyango, however, has dismissed these claims and said he is ready to get records from the service provider to prove he did not communicate with any student. Meanwhile, Onyango has been summoned by the school management board for talking to the press over his predicament.