Parents have been asked to monitor movement of their children during the long holiday to prevent them from indulging in social vices.
The Kiharu Assistant County Commissioner (ACC), Ms. Priscilla Kiluta said during the long holiday students are exposed to all sorts of social lives and if they were not well monitored they may fall victims of social immoralities.
In Murang’a, the ACC said some illegal gangs are out targeting to recruit school leavers to join the criminal groups.
Speaking on Sunday during Mashujaa Day, Kiluta noted that gangs like mungiki and gaza are targeting young people especially those who have completed secondary education.
“We request parents to work with interior administrators so as to save our children from indulging in various social vices. Some criminal gangs are reemerging and as the government fights the groups, I urge parents to be on the lookout so that children do not fall into tricks of criminals,” said the ACC at Kiangage Trading Centre.
Recently, residents of Murang’a have complained of reemergence of mungiki criminal gang which is trying to take control of matatu stages. The government, on many occasions had issued stern warning that no member of the criminal gang will be spared.
Gaza group, mainly composed of young people, has been accused of terrorizing residents within Murang’a town.
Kiluta observed that criminals perpetuating selling of bhang are also targeting school going children and need to be curtailed.
“School children need to be spared from tricks of criminals who want to use them in trafficking and abusing of bhang. Parents should help us to nab the individuals selling bhang in their localities,” added the ACC.
Abuse of alcoholism, she noted that has gone down following numerous crackdown championed by area chiefs and their assistants.
“Chiefs from this division have helped to crackdown individuals selling alcohol out of stipulated times. Selling of illicit brews has also gone down,” she further noted.
During the ongoing rain season, the administrator said children should be prevented from visiting swollen rivers, stating that this area in past, had reported cases of children who drown after going to swim in rivers.
“We don’t want to lose any life through drowning. Let parents make sure they accompany their children when visiting rivers,” she added.
By Bernard Munyao