The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Security Up in Kakamega Ahead of Drama Festival

Security has been beefed up ahead of the start of the National Schools Drama Festivals in Kakamega today.

Police commander Joseph Omijah yesterday said measures have been put in place to ensure safety of the over students and teachers expected to attend the ten-day event at Kakamega High School and Mukumu Girls' High School.

Omijah said police officers have been deployed to both venues. "We are going to provide security based on the population of the people at both venues and accommodation villages to ensure they are safe from al Shabaab attacks and illicit drug peddling," said Omijah.

By yesterday, repair works on the lecture hall at Kakamega High School was yet to be complete.

"We are worried that the contractor seems to be to slow in his work but hope he will be done by tomorrow," said Western Primary Provincial Schools Drama Association chairman Moses Wandola.

The event that brings together drama teams from ECD, primary, secondary, college and universities from across the country is sponsored by Mumias Sugar, Equity Bank, and the Ministry of Education.

Presentations will include plays, dances, choral verses, French plays and mimes. Mukumu Girls' will host colleges and primary schools while Kakamega High will be the venue for secondary schools.

Western provincial secondary schools drama association chairman Rowland Ombunge said Kakamega Boys, Mukumu Girls' Boarding Primary, St Ann's Primary School in Mumias, St Peters, Chavakali, Keveye, St. Mary's girls will serve as accommodation villages for the close to 5,000 students and 1,000 teachers.

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