The anti-KIKUYU play ‘Shackles of Doom’ can be staged – OKIYA OMTATAH gets court ordersNews 06:03
Wednesday, the 17th of April 2013 - The High Court has today ruled in favour of the petitioner in lifting a ban imposed by the Ministry of Education on the staging of the controversial play ‘Shackles of Doom’ by Butere Girls at the Schools and Colleges Drama festival.
The case had been brought by human right activist and upstart politician Okiya Omtatah who also serves as head of the Kenyan chapter of the Writers in Prison Committee of Pen International.
In making the ruling, Justice David Majanja agreed with Omtatah that the ban by the Ministry of Education was a contravention of the right to freedom of expression that is guaranteed in the constitution.
Omtatah had named A.G Githu Muigai , Education PS George Godia and Patrick Khaemba, the Executive Secretary of Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival as respondents.
Many critics have accused the Ministry of Education of censorship for banning the play while some say it was the right decision to make since the play allegedly advances anti-Kikuyu sentiments.
It’s not clear whether the judgment will lead to the play being staged though since the Schools and Colleges Drama festival has been going on in Mombasa for some days now and there might just be no time to squeeze in the play.
The Kenyan DAILY POST