The anti-KIKUYU play ‘Shackles of Doom’ can be staged – OKIYA OMTATAH gets court orders


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

21 comments for The anti-KIKUYU play ‘Shackles of Doom’ can be staged – OKIYA OMTATAH gets court orders

  1. If we cannot handle a simple play about the future then what about the past? any one remember betrayal in the city??

  2. Fellow kenyans tuache wivu kwa wakikuyu.why dont we be industrious like them?why cant we be as hardworking.its stupid to hate somebody coz he works hard to better his life

  3. Anti.... play! Why would anyone want to stage such a play? Especially when the theme is cohesion??? # Fail!!!

  4. this is the ideology advocated by RAO and his cronies. that some tribes cannot be leaders coz their fathers were. Let those who hae time to waste on non productive time continue doing so as kikuyus continue making money through exploiting any available opportunity that comes their way.

  5. Kwani wewe you don't work hard? unalishwa na kuvishwa na nani? kila mtu ana work hard tuwache siasa za pesa nane ati community fulani ndio ina work hard.

  6. not everybody hates kikuyu but they also hate other tribes mostly luo if you see this posts regularly chefck anything about a luo and see what comments are there

  7. i Wonder why we all see negative in KIkuyus while most of the employer from Wahindi are Kikuyu, to my surprise many shambaboys are Luhya in central.

  8. Let the drama be aired and nothing will happen ,it is only a notion of tribal thinking in one of the judge's mind that soon will varnish. The school should be let to enjoy its win.

  9. Truth hurts ours is only jealousy for kiuks!

  10. who told you it is against kikuyus THE ADMIN OF THESE BLOG IS A MAGGOT

  11. Poisoning our young minds is what the play is all about.. Lets keep politics and negative tribalism out of our schools

  12. its about fairplay for many years since independence this national cake has always bin reserved for one tribe,i dont see any problem with a play meant to teach them some good morals!

  13. yak wicked jelousy luos home reckers luo comm,unity is cursed instead of praying god above you pray raila as a god waiting for manna from raila useless

  14. Maggot ni wewe m**fk

  15. Luos are the Kenyan Jews and their intelligence will never be overshadowed by the so-called tyranny of numbers

  16. The school performing the play is from Western (luhya land), playwright Western, the court judge Western, Omtata from anywhere except luo nyanza. So why one would blame the luo community about this play, only the Heaven knows!

  17. The school performing the play is from Western (luhya land), playwright Western, the court judge Western, Omtata from anywhere except luo nyanza. So why one would blame the luo community about this play, only the Heaven knows!

  18. Why on hell do u stop it?everyone is very much conversant how tribalistic we are,it will not change anything..stopping it will rise tension among the 'citizens'.

  19. My friend how about the over 20 yrs Moi was in power? Kikuyus were his strongest opponents yet they survived. Working hard individuals is what there is. Not communities

  20. Ati luos are kenya jews? A jew with a foreskin was considered an outcast.

  21. shackles of doom was one way of expressing our rights and freedoms.There is nothing wrong with that.Call a spade a spade and a spoon a spoon.

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