Criminal gangs using children in illegal activities
07 March 2016, 16:43
Nairobi – The number of children being pushed into criminal
activities is due to cycle of poverty and the lack of close parental care,
reports Standard Media.
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Young children are being used by organised gangs to access
According to the Kisumu Children Remand 82 children have
been remanded because of being involved in robbery, theft, burglary and defilement.
At the current moment three children are being held for
robbery with violence while another is being held for murder, two for arson and
seven for defilement.
Children are also being used for drug trafficking, illicit
brews and child prostitution said Kisumu County Director of Children Affairs
Ondongo says because of poverty children are the bread
winners in the family putting a lot of pressure to bring in an income.
Children living with their grandparents are often not
Meanwhile students trickled back on Monday for classes at a
university in northeastern Kenya where at least 148 people were killed by
Islamist gunmen last April.
Security was tight but only around 20 students resumed
classes at Garissa university, which had some 800 students before the massacre.