Nkaissery apologises to tear-gassed pupils
20 January 2015, 11:34
Nairobi - Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery Tuesday visited Langata Road Primary School and apologized to the pupils who were tear-gassed by police in a protest on Monday.
The CS ordered the private developer who is said to have grabbed the school’s playground to demolish the remaining part of the perimeter wall around the plot and clear the site within 24 hours, The Standard reported.
He said the land belongs to the school and that the government will fence the compound and level the playground for the pupils to have somewhere to play.
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Chaos erupted at the school on Monday as anti-riot police fired tear gas at pupils and activists who were demonstrating over the grabbing of the land.
The protest dubbed #OccupyPlayGround was planned by activist Boniface Mwangi and Kibra MP Ken Okoth to reclaim the playground from the private developer.
Several children and a police officer were injured in the chaos that sparked public outcry, with police being accused of applying excessive force on the children.
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