106 city youths arrested binge drinking in Lang’ata party
About 106 youths, some as young as 16 years, were arrested on Thursday binge drinking at a Lang’ata party, county police boss Mr Japheth Koome says.
Their host, “a foreign lady” was also arrested for serving alcohol to the underage youth and they will all be arraigned in court Friday.
Mr Koome said the group will spend the night at the Lang’ata Police Station.
The group comprised 72 boys and 34 girls — majority of whom had done their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education last year — were attending a party at a house in Phenom Estate, around Carnivore Restaurant in Lang’ata, Nairobi.
Mr Koome said on phone: “We arrested them and collected the alcohol they were drinking as exhibit. They will all go to court, we will let you know of their charges as well as the foreigner who allowed the youths to take the alcohol.”
There had been an invitation on social media for an event dubbed Project X where promoters promised the party-goers the “most epic of all time” with its posters nuanced in debauchery-in-waiting.
It was planned for Saturday, March 12, at an undisclosed location in Nairobi’s upmarket Kileleshwa estate.
However, the Police vowed to ensure that the party did not happen.
The Kenya Film Classification Board denounced the party saying its hosts were drawn from a ‘porn ring’ and unscrupulous business people to promote drugs, illicit sex and the making of pornographic films.
The board further warned that the youths who attend were likely to be blackmailed after being filmed having sex at the party.
Interestingly, the National Aids Control Council also issued a statement on Project X, stating among other things; “The NACC strongly discourages any such parties, functions or events that provide a fertile ground for participants to engage in activities that not only fuel HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections, but also ruins their overall character and the ability to lead responsible lives.”
These arrests come months after a similar horde of underage teenagers, about 500, were arrested in a club in Eldoret, while another 200 in Nairobi.
They were not only drinking but were also arrested with rolls of bhang and condoms.
The most appalling incident involving teenagers was in August 2015 when 45 high school students in school uniform were arrested for smoking bhang, drinking and having sex in a moving bus in Murang’a.