Do we say an epidemic of idiocy has swept through our motherland? How reasoning can escape the mind of the individuals who are thought to protector us.
That said; was it really necessary for the extreme use of power by the police against little vulnerable school youngsters?
Well, if you’re not up-to-date yet, apparently, there was chaos along Langata Road – where at least ten pupils of Langata Road Primary were injured after they were fumed with tear gas to scatter a demo touching school-yard grabbing.
The act has attracted condemnation from notable individuals like Raila Odinga (Former Prime Minister) - Caroline Mutpko and many more especially on Social media.
Caroline Mutoko “WE DO NOT TEAR GAS CHILDREN: Whatever the argument may be from the powers that be, this I know for sure and I'm hurt: 1. There’s a kid who started standard 1 today - this will be their FIRST impression of school. 2. In the chaos children run onto the road and everywhere - what if a child was hurt. There's a highway there. 3. In a country where children are molested and kidnapped - what if in all the chaos they were picked by a nutcase. 4. In the chaos and the fright, there's a child who won't get home tonight - what will we tell their mother. 5. There's a mother who much like me can't believe her child was tear-gased - how do you un-do this? 6. How will these children ever trust a cop? This was their first encounter with our security/police forces. THE TRUTH: We would never grab school land in Westlands, Lavington, Turi, Brookside, Spring Valley, Peponi, ISK etc... but we are more than happy to do so, in the very places our voters send their children to school. Worse still we don't think twice about tear-gasing them. I don't how I will look my housekeeper, our security guards, the supermarket attendant or even the cops in the face today. These are THEIR children we tear-gased today. I'm embarrassed for all of us. I'm sickened to my very stomach.”
Former Prime Minister - Raila Odinga Had This To Say Also
I have learnt with extreme shock and shame that pupils of Langa’ta Road Primary School have been injured after police threw tear gas canisters at them and other well-wishers who joined them to protest the grabbing of their school’s playground. This is brutality beyond words and greed beyond description. It is difficult to believe that police can actually deploy against primary school children and lobby tear gas at them to defend a land grabber. This image of a nation determined to steal forcefully from its own children cannot be what we aspire to. It cannot be the legacy we want to bequeath the children. However greedy, acquisitive and heartless we may be, we surely can stand up for the children. After all, they are the people we are guarding the nation for. I stand with the parents, pupils and teachers of this school over this land. At the very least, I am prepared to give them the benefit of doubt that they own the land. Somebody must be held accountable for this primitive and shameful action. HON RAILA ODINGA; EGH.