3 parents arrested in Trans-Nzoia for denying children education
Rene Otinga|March. 14, 2019
Several parents in Trans-Nzoia County have been remanded for infringing the rights of their children to education.
Police in rounded up 13 parents and arraigned them in court for the offence and two managed to raise fine of sh 20,000.
The parents arrested by police from different residences within Kitale town appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate SRM C herono Moureen Kesse.
They were charged that in diverse dates between January and March 2019 at various residences in Kitale within Trans-Nzoia county being parents denied their children right to education by refusing to allow them join school and pay fees.
The parents were Patrick Ibwaga, Cleophas Wanjala, Judith Naliaka, Laten Shikoli, Eunice Wamalwa, Margaret Wamalwa and Carren Nasimiyu.
Others were Isaac Wanyonyi, Eunice Chemtai, James Khisa, Edward Wekesa, Patrick Wafula and Richard Mumbwani.
The suspects pleaded not guilty to the offence and were fined sh 20,000 each or a jail term of 5 months in default.
Wekesa and Mumbwani managed to raise the fine while the rest were remanded at Kitale Main Prison.
The arrest comes in the wake of local County Commissioner Mr. Jim Njoka issued a directive to grassroot administrator to ensure all school age children are attend school.
Speaking in Kitale, Njoka warned that parents failing to take parental responsibilities will be arrested and face the law.
‘’It is wrong for parents to infringe the rights of children. We want all Kenyan children access education. I have directed chiefs to nab all parents denying children the right to education,’’ he said.
A survey by TUKO in the area discovered that there is high level of child neglect with some children forced to engage in cheap labour to eke for a living.
There are rampant cases of children tasked with selling wares in Kitale town and urban areas in the county to fend families denying them the opportunity to pursue education. End