Gov’t closes all schools in Nairobi, Mombasa over maandamano

On Wednesday, July 19, the primary and secondary day schools in Nairobi and Mombasa will be closed, according to education secretaries Ezekiel Machogu and Kithure Kindiki.

In a joint statement, the two stated that the closure was necessary to preserve the safety of the children and teachers in light of information that suggested their lives might be in danger.

“The government has received credible security intelligence that criminal elements planning to unleash terror and violence on the public tomorrow intend to engage in armed skirmishes with security agencies around certain schools within Nairobi and Mombasa cities,” the statement read

“The Ministry of Education shall announce the resumption of learning in the aforesaid schools upon assessment of the security situation in the course of tomorrow.”

“National security agencies have deployed all the available resources to ensure that the scenes witnessed on Wednesday do not happen again. Anyone planning to unleash violence on Kenyans is hereby warned to cease and desist,” he said.

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