Over 100 police were deployed to quell Lang’ata Primary protest – Report

A report released by the Office of the Ombudsman has revealed that 108 police officers were deployed to quell unrest at Lang’ata Road Primary School over alleged grabbing of the school’s playground.

The analysis of police operation order dated January 18, 2015 and signed by Nairobi County Police Commandant Benson Kibui revealed that the police officers were under the command of Elijah Maina Mwangi, SSP and OCPD Lang’ata.

According to Elijah Mwangi, superintendent of police and Lang’ata OCPD, the police officers were drawn from all the police divisions in Nairobi County and were under orders to safeguard life and property and ensure safety of the school children.

The commanders of the various teams were briefed by Mwangi on the morning of January 19, 2015.

Investigations revealed that the demonstrators included Lang’ata MP Ken Okoth, Kibra MP Joash Olum, civil society members and Lang’ata Road Primary School children.

Observations made in the report, corroborated by the Ministry of Education, reveal that the school’s Head Teacher Peter Mugo did not take appropriate measures to protect the school children after noticing heavy presence of anti-riot police officers.

It was established that the OCPD, Elijah Mwangi, and County Police Commandant Benson Kibui did not inform and advise the school’s head teacher about the potential danger to school children posed by the demonstration.

The report has recommended action against Mwangi and Kibui as well as the head teacher for failing to contain the situation.

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Story By Benjamin Wafula
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