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The funeral service for 13 of the 14 pupils who died in a stampede was held at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County today.

One of them, Nailah Kiverenge, was buried on Wednesday in line with the Islamic faith.

Families and mourning residents began to stream into the venue Friday morning as a sombre mood rent the air. Caskets bearing the remains of the 13 children who died in the tragedy at Kakamega Primary School were then brought in and lined up next to each other under a tent.

Leaders present at the service included Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Vihiga’s Wilbur Ottichilo, Bungoma’s Wycliffe Wangamati, Mandera’s Ali Roba, Uasin Gishu’s Jackson Mandago, Kisii’s James Ongwae, Nandi’s Stephen Sang, Trans-Nzoia’s Patrick Khaemba, Murang’a’s Mwangi wa Iria and Nyeri’s Mutahi Kahiga.

Others were ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, Education PS Belio Kipsang, Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-General Wilson Sossion, Masinde Muliro University Vice-Chancellor Prof Asenath Sigot, and Western Regional Commissioner Ann Ng’etich.