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Why punish innocent students, spare guilty school?

03 February 2015, 18:10 William Korir

Nairobi - News that Nairobi Aviation College students have been handed bail worth a staggering KES 200,000 by a Nairobi court over protests regarding the authenticity of their school leaves plenty questions.

The 12 students were charged for violent conduct by the Nairobi magistrates court after they charged at the Nation Centre in Nairobi Monday demanding an answer from the organization over an expose carried by the NTV station owned by the Nation Media Group showing the school to be corrupt.

Magistrate Pamela Mugure said that the students portrayed bad behaviour and needed to be punished to set an example to others.

But as many have asked since the ruling, what wrong have the students done in this matter?

News24 interviewed a number of Kenyans to have their say on the matter.

" Why are they punishing the students?", Jimnah Ngunjiri asked.

" The students are the aggrieved. The ones in the wrong are the institution and the TV station. They are the ones who are the problem. Why do we have a culture of punishing the wrong person," he added.

Oscar Ndolo on the other hand felt that regardless of the students causing trouble, they are not the bad ones in this case.

" They threw stones here and there. That is agreeable. That said, they are the ones who have lost their past, present and for some their future. We are punishing the wrong persons," he said.

" Our system is wrong. It is the school that should be put to task. Not the students," he added.

Milkah Njagah felt that the government has failed Kenyans, especially the youth with its actions in recent times.

" The government has grown the habit of punishing the youth. The children in Langata were punished using teargas and protestors were jailed. What about the land grabbers?".

" In this case too, what happens to the persons who sold certificates? Why are they not in jail? Why have they not been arrested?," she added.

The students, some of whom have no means to get the money will likely spend time in jail till they are able to raise the cash. Will Nairobi Aviation School help them out?

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