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MPs call for prosecution of Lang'ata demonstrators for using children

22 January 2015, 21:57 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Two MPs from Nyeri County have asked Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to open trial for activists who involved children in demonstrations that happened Monday in Nairobi.

The activists were demonstrating against the grabbing of a piece of land which they said belonged to Langata Primary School.

However, MPs Mary Wambui (Othaya) and Kanini Kega (Kieni) said the demonstrators were using children for shield.

They asserted that the children were innocent and not aware of the goings-on but turned to be victims of chaos between police and adult demonstrators.

“We have to interrogate why the demonstrators used children as shield and to enable them to pass their agenda. Use of children in chaos cannot be entertained,” said the MPs while condemning the incident.

Read Also: CORD leaders to visit grabbed Langata playground

Wambui stated that the School’s headmaster would not have allowed children to participate in the protests while she lashed out at police officers who fired tear gas at them.

“Children do not need excessive force to control though they were in the wrong place following directions, apparently from their teachers and the activists,” said Wambui.

“If demonstrators wanted any force to demolish the walls, they would have gone for parents not children as young as 9 and 14 years old,” said MP Kanini Kega.

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