Angry parents protest land grabbing of Keese primary school

Documents Keese land grabbing
Documents Keese land grabbing

Parents and residents of Keese primary school along Trans Nzoia and West Pokot Counties have protested land grabbing of school land causing pupils to lack a compound.

The irony of the matter is the said piece of land has been grabbed by the School Church Sponsor Reformed Church of East Africa RCEA.

The school board of management committee and parents want Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha to intervene and save the school from a protracted land dispute pitting the school and its sponsor.

Speaking at the school, BoM members led by Nyongesa Mulongo and William Wekesa said the Church has colluded with Ministry of education officials and Land officers to intimidate school management as the grabbing continues.

Mulongo said it was absurd that despite ministry of education guidelines on usage of school resources by the sponsor.

They claim the  church leadership has already sold 5 acres of school land and fenced part of the school compound during the holiday.

They accused church Clergy Peter Masai of fencing off part of the school compound during holiday and planting maize leaving pupils with no playground.

Documents seen by the media show several complaint letters written to relevant authorities without action.

The land dispute started in 2008 when the church started demarcating school land without involvement of school management.

The parents said the school under plot number 211/Kapkoi settlement scheme SFT was awarded as a public utility land in 1984.

The parents said despite reporting the matter severally to Kapkoi police station and Ministry of Education offices in Kwanza no action has been taken to save the school land.

The angry parents and BOM now want relevant authorities to investigate the matter and arrest those involved in the scandal.

Efforts to get a response from the Clergy were fruitless since he refused to comment on the matter.

Police records indicate that the matter had been reported and is being handled by the DCI department before further action.