Published in TUKO.co.ke
– Memories of primary school children in Nairobi’s Lang’ata protesting the grabbing of their school grounds rekindled after Nakuru pupils re-enact the scene
– Children from Naka primary brought down a wall apparently put up by a private developer on their school ground
Naka primary school children in Nakuru on Thursday, May 19, 2016, demolished a wall apparently put up by a private developer on their ground. At least 20 acres of school grounds are reported grabbed.
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The learners were joined by teachers and guardians to demolish the wall, rekindling memories of a similar incident in Nairobi’s Lang’ata primary school where learners destroyed a wall by a private developer.
The case gained international attention after Kenyan police lobbed teargas canisters on the children, injuring some.
The government intervened in the case and the land was ring-fenced for the primary school.
Cases of grabbing of public land, and especially school land, in Kenya are very common.
In Nairobi alone, for instance, out of the 291 schools in the city, 86 of them have suffered encroachment or their land grabbed, according to Evans Kidero, the county governor.