Officers who tear-gassed protesting pupils in Nairobi to face action, says Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has said action will be taken against police officers who tear-gassed protesting pupils in Nairobi yesterday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta

Police used tear gas against Lang’ata Road Primary School children who were demonstrating against the apparent sale of their playground to a private developer.

Earlier today Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery met the pupils to apologise and confirm that the play area belonged to the school.

President Kenyatta said Ministry of Land officials and those of the National Land Commission who failed to address the school’s land issue until it got out of hand resulting to the protest will also face action.

“We will begin to take action against Government officials who fail in their mandates,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: “I am disappointed at what happened at the Lang’ata Road Primary School. Where were the officials from the Ministry of Lands and the National Land Commission? The issue has been there since December, why didn’t they act then?” President Kenyatta said.
The head teacher of the school should also answer questions about the incident, President Kenyatta said.
“How could he (the head teacher) allow young children under his care to behave the way they did. Even when we want to protest, we must do it in a civilized manner and not involve children,” he said.

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