21 students charged over ongoing schools unrest

By KBC Reporter

The court has issued a warrant of arrest to one of the 13 students from Lang’ata high school who were remanded at Kamiti Juvenile prison.

Efforts to reach the parents concerning his whereabouts have been futile. This comes as   21 students from both Lang’ata and Sunshine high school denied charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, attempted arson and arson.

The 12 students from Langata high school who have been in custody for the last five days following a ruling by the children’s court last week pleaded not guilty to 6 counts. They were charged with 3 counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and 3 counts of arson.

Appearing before magistrate Martha Mutuku, the suspects who are all above 18 except 3, through their lawyers applied for bail arguing that they are candidates and needed time to revise for the upcoming KCSE examination.

They also asked the court to consider commencing hearing of the case after KCSE. But the magistrate while making her ruling said the suspects have a commitment to which they must take responsibility and ruled that the hearing must start by September 27th.

The 3 minors were released on a 200,000 shillings bond and one surety while the others will either pay a cash bail of 100,000 shillings each or a bond of 200,000 shillings.

Mutuku also issued a warrant of arrest for one of the suspects who was not in court after he went missing from Kamiti juvenile remand.

Meanwhile, the University of Nairobi School of education Tuesday held a consultative meeting between the management, lecturers and Bachelor of education students of education to try and establish the cause of the recent wave of arson in schools and solutions that could be adopted to resolve the problem.

Brian Onduso who is a student leader however reckons that the current wave of unrest is being fueled by teachers who are rioting against the current change of policies by the education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

Participants at the meeting however called for collective responsibility among all, saying these schools are supposed to bring forth the next generation of human capital the country needs to move forward failure to which the country will not be able to meet its development goals.





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