Today is the one year anniversary of the attempted grabbing of Lavington Primary School, Nairobi. The attempted grabbing by KENSOM Holdings was unsuccessful thanks to the work by the ShuleYangu Alliance, supported by the Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA), the Lavington Primary School Management Committee, the National Land Commission (NLC), Member of Parliament, Simba Arati and Senator Mike Sonko.
The Lavington Muslim Association, KENSOM Holdings claimed to haveacquired 2.5 acres of the school for KES 5 million in 2007, an acquisition they claim was gazetted on September 21st, 2012, Notice No. 13137. Today, 2.5 acres of land in Lavington is worth an average of KES 300 million.
The Association planned to build a mosque, madrassa, and a girls school on the 2 acres. Member of Parliament Simba Arati raised alarm when he noticed that the school gate had been broken into, and excavations were taking place on school land while the school was closed for the holidays.
This is a reminder that schools are particularly vulnerable during the holidays. Christmas time is peak grabbing period as schools are completely empty and grabbers assume no-one is paying attention to activities on public school land. We therefore ask communities to remain vigilant over the holiday period.
If you suspect a school is being grabbed, report the matter to the ShuleYangu Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0705 087 070