Machogu Closes Schools Ahead of Anti-Government Protests

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Machogu Closes Schools Ahead of Anti-Government Protests.
Machogu Closes Schools Ahead of Anti-Government Protests.

Machogu Closes Schools Ahead of Anti-Government Protests

On Tuesday, July 18th, the government ordered the closure of all day schools in Nairobi and Mombasa counties in advance of this week’s anti-government demonstrations called for by the Azimio coalition.

In a joint statement, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and his Interior counterpart Kithure Kindiki explained that the decision was influenced by intelligence reports indicating that criminal elements intended to unleash havoc in the vicinity of certain schools in the two cities.

“As a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of school children, it has been decided that ALL day Primary and Secondary schools within Nairobi and Mombasa cities SHALL remain closed tomorrow,” read part of the statement.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Education is anticipated to announce the resumption of schooling following an assessment of the security situation.

It is still unclear whether the opposition will be on the streets for all three days, nor what measures the government will take to quell the unrest, which could have far-reaching effects.

The directive does not apply to schools in other regions, including Kisumu and Kiirui, which have witnessed violent protests.

The previous round of disturbances left students stranded as police and protesters engaged in running battles.

In Kangemi and Nakuru, security forces fired tear gas into schools, disrupting the education of students. Following the incident at Kangemi, a few students were hospitalized.

Students were subjected to unnecessary chaos as police and protesters engaged in running battles in the nation’s main cities, which the government has condemned.

On January 14, Machogu urged the deployment of additional security personnel in educational institutions to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.

The two CSs’ statement was preceded by a communique from Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome declaring the Azimio protests illegal.

Tuesday evening, according to Koome, the faction commanded by Raila Odinga had not formally notified the police of the planned gatherings.

He thus cautioned Kenyans against participating in the demonstrations, stating that the police would deal with demonstrators accordingly.

Machogu Closes Schools Ahead of Anti-Government Protests

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