More than 50 students are receiving medical attention hospital after teargas was deployed by the police inside a classroom at Kihumbuini Primary School in Kangemi.
A large number of the learners reportedly experienced suffocation due to the overwhelming tear gas fumes, although no casualties have been reported thus far.
According to a local witness, it is alleged that a police officer threw a tear gas canister into the classroom while dispersing residents who had gathered for the Azimio protests earlier in the day.
Dr. Aron Shikuku, the owner of Eagle Nursing Home hospital, confirmed the incident , stating that more than 50 students were brought to the facility in ambulances.
“Yes, there were over 50 students. We have managed to stabilize the situation, and the majority of them are now in a stable condition,” said Shikuku.
Nairobi police boss Adamson Bungei mentioned that the tragedy occurred as a result of protesters gathering near the school.
“As the police attempted to disperse the group, the tear gas may have inadvertently reached the classroom. We are investigating the matter, and the children have received medical attention,” he explained.
Raila Calls Off Kamukunji Rally
Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio La Umoja party, has cancelled his highly anticipated Kamukunji Rally scheduled for Wednesday, July 12.
Odinga accused the police of causing injuries to protesters, and he also claimed that individuals were instigated to vandalize property in an attempt to falsely implicate the opposition.
Nevertheless, the opposition leader emphasized that the nationwide protests will persist until President William Ruto repeals specific sections of the Finance Act 2023.
Odinga expressed his concern over the indiscriminate shooting, injuries, and fatalities inflicted on numerous individuals throughout the country, including Nairobi, by police officers, describing the incidents as brutal attacks targeting their supporters.