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Boy allegedly ‘poisons’ bright pupils in his class

By ALEX NJERU March 22nd, 2016 2 min read

A pupil allegedly gave four top performing colleagues in his class a powder like substance laced with poison in Tharaka Nithi County in a weird incident that has left locals in shock.

The four Giampampo Primary School pupils were admitted in Chuka General Hospital last week with severe stomachache and vomiting, but were on Monday discharged in stable condition after treatment.


The pupils fell sick after eating a powder that looked like glucose powder, which had been offered by one of the pupils in the class.

The pupil lied to the four that their class teacher had bought them glucose as an award for being the best in the class.

“We were in class when our colleague came in with a powder which looked like glucose and claimed that he was given by our class teacher as a reward to the seven of us for performing well in examination. But when we eat it we developed stomach problem,” said one of the discharged pupils.

Chuka General Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Elijah Kameti said the four were no longer in danger.

He said they are yet to confirm the substance the four consumed.

Their teacher Stephen Gitonga said the boy gave the powder to the bright pupils only, but the first four developed stomach problem before the others took it.


“This boy must have bad motive because he selected the bright ones,” said Mr Gitonga.

He said when questioned, the boy admitted to have given the four some powder but rushed and threw it in the toilet when they started complaining of stomachache and vomiting.

Mr Gitonga said investigations are still going on to ascertain what kind of substance the four had eaten and the boy’s motive.

He advised other pupils to avoid eating or drinking anything suspicious from colleagues without informing teachers.