Uasin Gishu, Kenya – The County Assembly of Uasin Gishu has mandated an extensive inspection of all local recreational facilities to ensure their safety compliance.
According to Kenya News Agency, the call to action comes in the wake of a devastating event where five students from Arap Moi Primary School lost their lives during a boating excursion. The assembly, led by Patrick Kimaiyo of Mois Bridge Ward, motioned for the county government, particularly the Department of Youth Affairs, Sports, ICT and Innovation, to conduct immediate and meticulous assessments of recreational sites to prevent future calamities.
The tragedy struck on October 28th, 2023, right before the KCPE national examinations were scheduled to begin, which the victims were set to partake in. The children, now laid to rest, were among 183 students from grade six and class eight participating in a team-building outing at a local amusement park when the incident occurred.
The directive from the assembly encompasses a detailed examination of facilities including swimming pools, playgrounds, and parks, with the objective of identifying potential safety hazards. Furthermore, the Department is tasked with the development and enforcement of strategies to address any discovered risks, including better oversight, updated warning signs, continuous upkeep, and the availability of lifesaving equipment like lifeguards and life jackets.
Operators of these venues are expected to fully cooperate with the Department during the review process. In addition to these measures, the Assembly implores parents to exercise caution when visiting such facilities with children.
This initiative underscores the Assembly’s commitment to safeguarding the public and specifically youth, aiming to avoid the repeat of such tragic incidents.