20 June 2006

Kenya: Man Stabs Colleague in World Cup Row

Nairobi — A man was stabbed to death in a quarrel in Nyeri District over the World Cup match between Portugal and Iran last Saturday.

The two men were watching the match at Feel Good Bar in Nyaribo, when the row erupted. As the two men argued, one of them grabbed a knife and stabbed his colleague in the stomach.

The bar patron, who was identified as Naftali Muhoro, 23, collapsed and died on the spot. Other patrons arrested the suspect and called the police. Police said the suspect would be taken to court.

Meanwhile, Ingotse High School in Kakamega District has been closed indefinitely after 700 students went on the rampage after being barred from watching World Cup matches.

The rioting students also demanded the removal of the principal, Francis Shikanda, blaming him for the deteriorating academic standards. The students rioted after the school TV set was removed from the dining hall and taken to the staffroom.

Budget speech

On Sunday, students armed themselves with stones at around 7pm and smashed windows at the dining hall and administration block. The school administration called the police, who dispersed the rioting students.

Western deputy Provincial Director of Education, Alfayo Kigen, said he was investigating the students' allegations.

Elsewhere, a primary school teacher was stabbed to death by a retired teacher after they quarreled over the Budget speech. Charles Mwangi Ndumia of Gatame Primary School died on Monday after he was stabbed in the abdomen at Tandare, Laikipia District, on Saturday.

Ndumia had boarded a vehicle from Kinamba to Nyahururu, which the former teacher was driving. They started arguing about the Budget speech delivered by Finance minister Amos Kimunya last week.

Ndumia supported the Budget, saying the increment in fuel prices by Sh3.20 per litre was commendable. But the remark angered the driver, who produced a sword from the dashboard and stabbed the victim in the abdomen.

Shocked passengers disembarked as the driver sped off, leaving them at Tandare.

The injured teacher was taken to Nyahururu District Hospital, where he died a few hours later. The suspect was arrested and locked up at Kinamba Police Station.

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