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Yvonne did not just drown, says mother

Parents of Yvonne Narocho, a form three student at St Georges Girls Secondary school who drowned in a swimming pool on Wednesday have accused the school administration of cover-up.

They have faulted the manner in which the body was hurriedly moved from the scene to Nairobi Women’s Hospital.

“We see an intention to conceal what really happened here, the aim is to distort evidence. How else would you explain the fact that with clear indications that Yvonne had died, they did not call the police,” said a remorseful mother Mrs Hilda Ebere who is also the matron at State House girls.

She described her 15-year-old daughter as a very hardworking girl who was full of life.

“It is sad how her life ended, so brutal for a girl who was always dreaming big, she wanted to be a medical doctor,” said Mrs Ebere.

The swimming pool Ms Yvonne Narocho, a form three student at St Georges Girls Secondary school downed. Photo\Jeff Angote
The swimming pool Ms Yvonne Narocho, a form three student at St Georges Girls Secondary school downed. Photo\Jeff Angote

Mid-term break

Yvonne was a first born daughter in a family of three. She had just returned from mid-term on Sunday.

Her father, Mr David Etyang, said they want to see justice done.

“We are dedicating all our energy to ensure the truth comes out. We read a lot of foul play in this and the school has demonstrated their unwillingness to tell us the truth,” he said.

Yvonne’s parents said she has been a swimmer since she was six and they do not understand how she would drown in a pool.

“She was not some girl who was venturing out in the swimming pool for the first time, this is something she had done for the last nine years,” Mrs Ebere said. They are questioning where the school pool attendant was at the time of the incident.

“If the pool attendant was around perhaps he could have either saved her or we would have known what really transpired,” said Mr Etyang. The attendant was not in school on Thursday when Nairobi News visited, he was said to have given some days off following the incident.

The school’s principal Ms Elizabeth Kituku, however, maintained that what happened was an ordinary accident saying the school’s decision to rush Yvonne to the hospital was because they wanted to save her life.

“We meant well when taking her to the hospital so the question of cover-up does not arise. And mark you, we also regret what happened,” she said

Her body is at Montezuma Funeral Home awaiting an autopsy.