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Demo by kindergarten pupils sparks debate on flagging anti-corruption war

"We arrived at school in the morning only to find the school gone. The people behind the demolition never gave us a warning to relocate the school," a teacher at the private institution said, according to social media accounts.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 16 May 2017 11:07 EAT

Pupils of Kenyatta Golf Course Academy block Mbagathi Road near Kenyatta National Hospital yesterday.

Should kindergarten children join their parents in a public protest? This question has preoccupied Kenyan blogosphere for two days since pupils of Golf Course Academy in Kibera blocked Mbagathi Road yesterday to protest the grabbing of their school land.

Parents and teachers were seen guarding the children, who sat on their wooden desks right at the centre of the road, to protest the demolition of their school by a private developer who had apparently purchased the land on which their school sat and was intent on changing its use.

"We arrived at school in the morning only to find the school gone. The people behind the demolition never gave us a warning to relocate the school," a teacher at the private institution said, according to social media accounts.

However, many Kenyans were horrified to see the pictires, with many expressing concern that some of teh children were still too young to know about land ownership of land grabbing. Others were sympathetic to the kids and said that land grabbing had reached a level where conventional means alone won't fight it.

"What would happen if a vehicle lost control and smashed those children, who would be responsible?" posed Michael Moseti, who said the children were being misused by the parents and the teachers who should have confronted the government alone. 

Another commentator, Collins Ajuok, wrote, "School land is being grabbed because adults have chosen submission. The children cannot fight your wars. Many people in our situation have picked up arms to reclaim their countries. Revolutions are not for children," adding:

"I do not have a problem with parents who choose to make their children the frontline warriors in whatever wars exist in the nation. I just do not want mine taking part. Because this country has been destroyed by adults, and the adults must repair it and leave the kids out of it."

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