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Juvenile remands overcrowded following increased cases of student unrest

27 July 2016, 12:31 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Most juvenile remands have become overcrowded following mass arrests of students suspected of causing chaos in schools.

Department of Social Protection Principal Secretary (PS), Susan Mochache said this has stretched the few resources at remand institutions and the government will have to increase funding to cater for students’ expenses.

Speaking when she visited Murang’a juvenile centre, the PS disclosed that centres in Manga, Kisumu, Eldoret and Murang’a were crowded following students’ presence in remand pending hearing of their cases.

Mochache observed that it was only at the juvenile remands where the rights of the students could be taken care of, as there were professional counselors in all the centres to guide and advice the children offenders.

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“It’s our appeal that the unrest will cease and students will understand their purpose to be in schools following counseling as they also face the law,” said the PS.

In Murang’a juvenile remand, the PS was shocked to see the centre crowded with students following arrest of 22 students from Iyego secondary school and three girls from Kibutha Girls suspected to have torched their schools.

“Children should not in any way be in conflict with the law of the country but they ought to concentrate with their learning,” said Mochache.

The centre, located at Murang’a town, has not been having power after it was disconnected over bill arrears.

The PS promised that she would exploit possible ways to pay the bills and procure other needed items at the centre.

- MyNews24

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