18 teenagers were on Friday night arrested by the criminal officers at a house party within Kahawa Sukari estate in Ruiru, Kiambu County.
Police said the children aged between 16 to 18 were celebrating a birthday and were found drinking alcohol.
According to Ruiru DCC Geoffrey Githinji, the gathering was against COVID-19 protocols without face masks and with zero regards to social distance. The Director of Criminal Investigation gave assurance that those who sold alcohol to the teenagers will be arrested and prosecuted.
He urged parents and guardians to be more keen on the whereabouts of their young ones during this time that schools are closed. DCC Githinji added that the children will be released to their parents later on Saturday.
Of late, cases of school going children leaving their homes without their parents’ knowledge to attend drinking parties are common, with the Kahawa sukari incident involving 18 teenagers being the latest one.
On November 23, another set of teenagers were arrested at an alcohol-filled birthday party at a hotel in Bungoma.
Webuye OCPD Valerian Obore said police stormed the hotel after receiving a tip-off from members of the public about the minors partying.
The previous day, detectives had arrested 41-year-old Millicent Kithinji for hosting school children at her house in Mountain View Estate, Nairobi.
The children included 26 boys and 18 girls aged between 14 and 17; all in primary and secondary schools. DCI detectives said various alcohol brands – whisky and vodka – and bhang were recovered.
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Parents were notified about the incident as detectives sought to find out how the kids drawn from Machakos and Nairobi counties traveled without detection.