How much do you love football? Probably not as much as these Kenyan students if the investigation into what is assumed to be football rage turns out to be true.
On the evening of June 25 ten dormitories in Itierio Boys High School in Kisii County were burnt down by protesting students.
The protests had allegedly begun when the students were denied a chance to watch the ongoing Euro 2016 matches on Saturday night.
Kenyan authorities have opened an investigation into the matter. They hope to discover if the motive for the students actions was indeed football rage.
The school principal, Andrew Otara said that the altercation began with a few students throwing stones and shouting “our rights”.
KTN television news reports that the students at Itierio Boys Secondary School in Kisii were not allowed to stay up to watch the Euro 2016 match between Croatia and Portugal which kicked off at 22:00 local time. The students in the course of their protests, set fire to seven of the school dormitories and tried to damage property at the neighboring girls school.
Complaints had been circulating that the school had introduced new stricter discipline rules but the school has denied this. After the incident, Kisii County Governor James Ongwae took to his Facebook page, writing that; “efforts by the disaster response teams and police to reach the place have been hampered by the unruly students”.
Governor James Onagwe also said that the students had caused “millions and millions and millions” of Kenyan shillings-worth of damage, adding that the ringleaders would be punished.
Considering the danger inherent in starting a fire, it is hard to believe that one removed incident of being denied the opportunity to view a football match would push the students to such grave actions.