Murang’a police arrest students who were on a drinking spree

Makuyu Police Station

Makuyu Police Station where some of the students of Gititu Secondary School were taken on December 15, 2021 after they were found drunk.

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Police in Murang'a on Tuesday night arrested 16 students of a mixed school who rioted and went on a drinking spree, some of whom were found in compromising situations in bushes.

"Yes, it is true that we arrested the students who were found by our officers high on alcohol and others in a compromising situations," Murang'a South Police Commander Alexander Shikondi said.

He said the students from Gititu Mixed Secondary School were held overnight at Makuyu and Kenol police stations to enable them get sober.

"Today (Wednesday) we have handed all of them to their headteacher so that disciplinary action can be taken against them," he said.

Mr Shikondi said the students rioted on Tuesday, demanding that they be released to go home for the December holidays ahead of the scheduled closing date of December 23.

"They stormed out of the school compound, hit the shopping centres in a drinking spree. We have also arrested several suspects who were said to have sold alcoholic drinks to the students," he said.

Earlier, five learners from the school were seriously injured when the bus they were travelling rolled along the Gakungu-Kirimiri road in. At least 20 other students escaped with minor injuries in the incident which saw the bus driver crushed to death.

Mr Shikondi said the driver was reported to have lost control of the vehicle as he steered it round a sharp bend.

On Wednesday, Mr Shikondi warned alcohol sellers against doing business with minors.

"That love for money that makes you sell alcohol to minors will land you in serious trouble," he said.

He also urged school managements to report to the police all incidents of pupils leaving school so that they can be monitored.