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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.

Also read: Kenyans welcome reopening of Garissa university college.

Young children are being used by organised gangs to access houses.

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 Charles Ondogo.

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 monitored.

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.

- News24


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