- Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet confirmed the three students had been arrested
- He said the students who had just completed their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education were persons of interest in exam cheating scandal
- The students recorded themselves insulting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and Education counterpart Amina Mohammed
- The police boss said the arrest was not pegged on insults but on confessions by students that they cheated in examinations
Police have arrested three students of Ambira High School in Siaya county who recorded themselves insulting Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and her Interior counterpart Fred Matiang'i.
The arrest came just a day after school principal Thomas Odhiambo assisted detectives on Friday, November 23, to identify eight students who were captured in the video including the one who recorded the entire episode.
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The students who had just finished their KCSE examinations recorded a video in which they were insulting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and Education counterpart Amina Mohammed. Photo:UGC.
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Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet told the press on Saturday, November 24, that three of the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates were arrested to help with investigations into exam cheating allegations.
Besides insulting the Cabinet secretaries, the students boldly confessed they had cheated in the heavily monitored KCSE examinations in the video which went viral.
Boinnet said the boys' confession to have cheated in the national exams made them persons of interest in perpetration of the vice which the government was fighting tooth and nail.
"Three boys are in lawful police custody and will help us with investigations. We did not arrest them because of their despicable utterances but their confession that they cheated in KCSE. We want to know if there was any irregularity and punish any perpetrator," he said.
Poloice said they could arrest more suspects to help unravel the allegations of exam cheating laid bare by the rowdy boys. Photo:UGC
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The video left many Kenyans awestruck in an incident which came few days after President Uhuru Kenyatta raised concern about the moral uprightness of students in high schools.
Boinnet said police would consider arresting more suspects based on the outcome of initial findings after probing the three.
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