Six parents charged in Embu court for beating primary school headteacher

They also smashed the windscreen of the headteacher’s saloon car.

Wednesday January 13 2016

The six parents of St Helen Karimari Primary

The six parents of St Helen Karimari Primary School when they were charged in an Embu court on January 12, 2016 with roughing up the institution’s headteacher and damaging his car’s windscreen in an attempt to forcibly eject him. They denied the charges and were released on a Sh20,000 cash bail. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CHARLES WANYORO
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Six parents of St Helen Karimari Primary School in Embu North Sub-County were charged Tuesday in an Embu magistrate’s court for beating up the institution’s headteacher in a failed bid to eject him.

Mr Cyrus Mugo, Mr George Muriithi, Mr Mbogo Njeru, Mr Njeru Ngare, Mr Geoffrey Gitonga and Mr Mugendi Nyaga also denied damaging the windscreen of a vehicle belonging to the headteacher, Mr Salesio Karanja.

Embu Resident Magistrate Vincent Nyakundi released them on a Sh100,000 bond and a surety of similar amount, or Sh20,000 cash bail each.

The male parents are accused that, together with others still at large, they dragged Mr Karanja from office and forced him to walk several metres outside the school compound.

The accused, who had no lawyers representing them, together with their accomplices are said to have stormed the school on January 4, an act that is said to have caused a disturbance in the school.

SMASHED WINDSCREEN

On their way out, they smashed the windscreen of the headteacher’s saloon car.

The teacher was rescued by the school’s deputy headteacher, who mobilised other teachers and some of the pupils to repulse the parents.

The pupils, who were joined by Embu Kenya National Union of Teachers Executive Secretary John Gitari, later walked for 15km to the Embu North Sub-County commissioner’s office in Manyatta to protest the attack on the teacher.

Mr Nyakundi fixed the case for mention on January 25, and a hearing on February 2.

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