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Disputed land belongs to school, says Lands CS Ngilu

19 January 2015, 15:24 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The disputed piece of land along Langata Road belongs to the Langata Road School. Lands CS Charity Ngilu has said.

The piece of land had been allegedly grabbed by a private developer and hived off for the purpose of building a car parking space.

Ngilu said Monday that the land is according to records owned by the school.

" From what I know, the land belongs to the school," she said.

Pupils had earlier in the day demonstrated at the school, in protests that turned chaotic after police intervened and fired teargas canisters at the children and other protestors.

It is understood that Police showed no remorse in teargassing school children in Langata, an act they felt was necessary.

Policemen did not hesitate to fire teargas canisters at the children who were protesting the alleged grabbing of a piece land that belongs to the school as a playground.

The protest dubbed #OccupyPlayGround was planned by activist Boniface Mwangi and Kibra MP Ken Okoth to reclaim the playground from the private developer.

The land had already been fenced off by the developer, who had also gated the said piece of land.

Tasked as to why his officers had fired teargas canisters at young children, Langata OCPD Elijah Mwangi said that children of even 8 years of age could be charged for destruction of property.

" The children have engaged in illegal activities and they can be charged for what they did. Even children of 8 years and above can be charged," he retorted.

Police who were at the scene and who spoke to News24 said that they were under orders to keep the protest in check.

" We are under orders to ensure nothing gets out of control," an officer who did not want to be named said.

The incident has caused uproar on social media, with Kenyans having a go at the government for the actions taken by police.

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