A report by Senate Ad Hoc committee indicates that officials from Nakuru county government rounded up and dumped street children in a forest in anticipation for the planned elevation of Nakuru to a city status.
Nakuru and Eldoret town have been earmarked for elevation into a city status, the process require the two towns to meet some set of requirements touching around infrastructure and even sanitation.
Street children are usually seen as a menacing public problem and Nakuru decided to deal with them before its planned elevation to city status.
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It has emerged that street children in Nakuru were rounded up in 2019 and dumped at Chemasusu forest in an exercise that left at least five children still unaccounted for to this day.
The Senate Labour Committee wants the planned elevation of Nakuru to city status halted because of the damning revelation.
The committee observed that at least 41 children were forcibly removed from the streets by county officials, held in detention and later on the night of February 6th 2019 before being dumped in the forest in Baringo County, as part of a strategy to ‘clean up’ Nakuru in order to fast-track its city status.
The Senate Ad Hoc committee held eight sittings on the matter after Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika presented the petition on behalf of five individuals.
The 9-member committee stated that the actions of Nakuru County were in violation of international conventions that Kenya is a signatory to regarding the protection and care of children, the Constitution and the Children’s Act, 2001.
Apart from calling the planned elevation of Nakuru to city status to be halted, the Senate committee also wants the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to conclude an investigation into the incident.
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