The ShuleYangu Alliance welcomes the decision by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution to recall for review the case of criminal charges against the Hon. David Gikaria, Boniface Mwangi, Elijah Kinyanjui, Moses Gichangi and headteacher Francis Kahiro Mwangi more popularly known as the Naka5.

Irũngũ Houghton, Shuleyangu Alliance representative speaking to the media at the court noted, “It is our opinion that the #Naka5 acted completely in the public interest to reclaim and protect the land belonging to Naka Primary School. The perimeter wall had denied the Naka Primary School community access to a 10-acre school playground set aside in 1985 for public use.”

The case will be mentioned on Monday 19th September 2016 at the Nakuru Magistrates Court.

Should the case proceed, it will be a case against 350 students, their parents, the Naka Residents Association and the Naka school administration.

The #Naka5 have been charged with causing malicious damage of property in Nakuru County on 19th May 2016 at Naka. They are accused of pulling down a perimeter wall erected by ENSE Limited. They are represented by a joint team of Advocate Vincent Lempaa and Advocate Pascal Mbeche.

The actions of the School Land Defenders are consistent with at least two important constitutional provisions. Article 53 (b) of the Constitution of Kenya protects every child’s right to free and compulsory basic education and Article 62 (4) stipulates that public land shall not be disposed of without an Act of Parliament.

The Alliance also calls on Kenyans to sign a petition urging President Uhuru Kenyatta to urgently re-prioritise his Executive directive to have all public schools titled, as issued in the aftermath of the Lang’ata Rad primary school attempted landgrab in January 2015. The petition and more background on the national crisis facing our schools can be found www.shuleyangu.co.ke

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