Kenya Police asks bribes, arrests 25 S.Sudan kids


Children at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, near the South Sudan border


At least 25 South Sudanese secondary school and primary school students have been detained by Kenyan police in Kapenguria, a town lying north east of Kitale.

The students, according to National Courier, were on their way to Kakuma Refugee Camp, situated in the north of Kenya.

According to eyewitnesses, the students were asked by police to show their passports.

The students were unable to produce their passports but they produced UNHCR documents, which shows their refugee status.

The UN documents enables the document holder to move freely within the country.

The police allegedly refused to accept these documents as a form of identification and continued demands of money and made threats that if there was no money paid, the students would be placed in police custody.

The students were then detained and have been in police custody since Monday.

In another story, a mother and her children, including a six month old baby, were also arrested in Kitale while she was on her way to Kakuma Refugee Camp from Nakuru after her landlord chased her from a house she was living in because she could not afford the rent.

She allegedly had not paid the rent for two months.

The woman will be taken to court not because of the rent but because she was unable to produce documents requested after she failed to produce money to bribe the police.

In December 2014, Kenya Police shot dead four South Sudanese teenagers in the capital Nairobi two days to Christmas Day.

All the four victims below 18, died of multiple gunshot wounds on the back of their heads execution style.

One of the victims including a Kenyan teenager had five bullet holes at the back of his head.

Their bodies were dumped in Industrial Area.

Kenya National Police Service is renowned for its brutality, extrajudicial murders and corruption.


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