Heads who let students block Ruto motorcade face criminal charges

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 03:50 | By
President William Ruto Motorcade. PHOTO/Print

School heads in Kiambu and Murang’a counties have been warned of criminal action should they allow students to ever again block the presidential motorcade.

Warning by Central Regional Commissioner Fredrick Shisia came days after students from various schools in Gatundu South and Lari constituencies in Kiambu blocked President William Ruto’s motorcade during his three-day development tour in Mt Kenya region.

Letter dated February 14, 2024 highlighted that teachers intentionally mobilised learners to block Ruto’s motorcade to pursue favours.

During the same tour that saw the Head of State traverse Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Nyeri counties, some school buses are reported to have been intercepted by police while ferrying hired goons to his function.

At the same time, students in uniform were ferried to Kinale market’s presidential function in Lari constituency during learning hours without any invitation and or authority.

“The students of Kirenga Girls Secondary, Kirenga Boys, Technical High School and Kirenga Primary School blocked the presidential motorcade while enroute to the venue of a presidential function. These students were intentionally mobilised by teachers for reasons best known to them.

Students of Munyuini Secondary School lined along a route H.E the President was using, waving placards which were intended to seek favours from the President despite prior caution that they should not portray such,” the letter addressed to management of learning institutions read.

Hired goons

“Buses of Muhoho High School, St Rita Wamwangi High School and Muthiga Girls Secondary School were intercepted by police while ferrying hired goons to a presidential function. Students in school uniform were ferried to a venue of presidential function at Kinale market during learning hours without any invitation and or authority,” the letter.

According to Shisia, the activities portray deviation from established norms of head teachers defying valid instructions, inculcating deviant behaviour in children and promoting extortion and further breaking the law.

“Head teachers will henceforth be held individually culpable for any breach, and criminal charges will be preferred against anyone of them in case of compelling evidence for the offence of blocking the presidential motorcade and endangering the safety of learners,” warned Shisia.

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