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NGEC calls for investigation after teargas incident at Kihumbuini Primary School

The National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) is calling for an exhaustive and independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the use of tear gas inside Kihumbuini Primary School in Kangemi, Westlands Constituency during anti-government protests organized by the Azimio la Umoja coalition on Wednesday.

The pupils according to the commission, were tragically caught in the crossfire, enduring traumatic experiences and suffering serious  injuries due to tear gas allegedly fired by the police.

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Through a statement, NGEC is urging the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to commence an inquiry and ensure those responsible  are held accountable for their misconduct.

“The safety and well-being of our children must never be compromised under any circumstances, and justice must prevail for the affected pupils, their teachers and families,” the statement read in part.

While the Constitution of Kenya 2010 upholds the right to peaceful assembly and demonstration as a means to petition authorities on matters of public interest, NGEC says such rights must be exercised responsibly and without violating the rights of others.

“The NGEC condemns any act of violence, vandalism, looting, or discrimination perpetrated during the demonstrations. The quest for justice and expression of grievances should never come at the expense of innocent lives or property,” the statement further read.

The commission has urged the government and all relevant stakeholders to prioritize the protection of human rights, especially during protests. “We stand firm in our commitment to advocate for equality, justice, and the well-being of all individuals, particularly the most vulnerable members of society.” Said NGEC.

The statement comes a day after the antigovernment protests resulted in widespread disruption, vandalism, and violation of human rights across various counties in Kenya.

The protests, held in counties including Nairobi, Machakos, Kisumu, Homabay, Kisii, Makueni, and Kajiado, witnessed  destruction of private property, severe disruptions to business operations, and a breakdown of traffic systems in parts of the country.

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