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Ngilu takes blame for Lang’ata chaos, but refuses to resign

Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has accepted being at fault for not acting fast enough to reclaim the grabbed playground at Lang’ata Road Primary School.

The playground was the scene’s of Monday’s ugly confrontation between the school’s pupils and anti-riot police.

Mrs Ngilu announced her apology on her Twitter account on Tuesday, minutes after President Uhuru Kenyatta had publicly admonished her, together with National Lands Commission chairman Muhhamad Swazuri, over their handling of the playground’s ownership row.

“It’s highly regrettable that children were teargased (sic) yesterday.this should never have happened. I accept we should have taken action earlier,” Mrs Ngilu Tweeted.

“Going forward, my ministry will be proactive on this issue.”

Mr Kenyatta on Tuesday said Mrs Ngilu and Mr Swazuri would be called to account for their actions and disciplinary measures explored.

“If the Minister and Swazuri knew that the Lang’ata school playground was grabbed, what did they do? They have more to answer than the police,” said Mr Kenyatta.