NGEC condemns police brutality that led to harm of children
The National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) has vehemently denounced the excessive use of force by the police, which resulted in harm being inflicted upon innocent children.
The commission condemned the act that caused school-going children in Kidhumbuni Primary School in Westlands to be allegedly teargassed by police during the Azimio protests on Wednesday, July 12.
Some of the students who were affected were rushed to the nearest hospital in the area to get first aid.
“As a Commission entrusted with safeguarding the rights and welfare of all individuals, particularly vulnerable groups including children, NGEC strongly denounces the teargassing of innocent schoolchildren. It is a bare-faced violation of Article 53 of the Constitution of Kenya,2010which provides children with the protection and guarantees their safety in all circumstances,” the NGEC statement read in part.
The commission has urgently called for an exhaustive and independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the use of tear gas inside a school should be carried out.
The chairperson of NGEC, Joyce Mutinda said the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) must commence its inquiry and ensure that those responsible for such abhorrent actions 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,” she added.
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