Parents in Kibera sub county have been urged to be strict on their children not to join political gatherings and criminal gang groups during this electioneering period.
Speaking exclusively to Ghetto Radio Kibera Community Peace and Security Committee chairperson Humphrey Lando says that as a vigilatante group they are on high alert to ensure that those attending political gatherings and campaigns are of the voting age.
Lando says that they are aware of rogue aspirants who use children below the voting age to make their crowds appear big since the school going age is vulnerable to deceit.
He says that they already have reports of school going age youths riding on motorcycle with affixed registration numbers and snatching phone and other valuables from gullible residents especially along Ngong road.
“We helped the government in ensuring 100 percent transition is fully implemented in Kibera, but now, there are tendency of some joining political groups or snatching phones from people along Ngong Road. We are also aware and we urge parents to advise their children on the repercussions because the security team will not hesitate to take lawful action on such children,” said Lando.
According to Kibera Community Peace and Security Committee report, the government and other non-governmental organisations have done enough to ensure that children are in school.
“The parents need to understand that the burden are not fully in the government, it is cost sharing. The government pays for schools fees and that the role of the parents is uniform and food only. This has helped us ensure children go to school because if they don’t go to school they may join criminal groups,” he added.
By Rodgers Oduor
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