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Raila: Firing tear gas at schoolchildren is brutality beyond words

19 January 2015, 16:51 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – CORD leader, Raila Odinga has condemned the police for firing tear gas at protesting Lang’ata Road Primary School following an attempt to grab the school’s playground.

Raila said the government’s decision to deploy the police to defend the grabbed land and the subsequent firing of tear gas at the children is “brutality beyond words and greed beyond description.”

“I have learnt with extreme shock and shame that pupils of Lang’ata Road Primary School have been injured after police threw tear gas canisters at them and other well wishers who joined them to protest the grabbing of their school’s playground,” lamented Raila.

“This image of a nation determined to steal forcefully from its own children cannot be what we aspire to. It cannot be the legacy we want to bequeath the children,” he added.

The CORD leader threw his weight behind the school’s parents, pupils and teachers who are demanding the recovery of the playground from a private developer who wants to set up a hotel there.

Read Also: VIDEO: Police teargas schoolchildren

“However greedy, acquisitive and heartless we may be, we surely can stand up for the children. After all, they are the people we are guarding the nation for,” said Odinga.

He held that the land belongs to the school and warned: “Somebody must be held accountable for this primitive and shameful action.”

After carrying out investigations, the National Land Commission (NLC) last week stated that the land belongs to the school since the institution’s ownership dates back in 1970’s unlike the private developer whose ownership claim is from 1990.

The Commission had asked the private developer to appear before it for further investigations failure to which the land will be formally declared the school's property.

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