President Uhuru Kenyatta has given the Ministry of Education one week to restore grabbed school land to the various schools and churches.
Speaking during a requiem mass for the late Archbishop Emeritus John Njenga at the University of Nairobi grounds on Tuesday, Uhuru further instructed the Education Ministry to restore sponsorship of schools by religious institutions.
“There’re a lot of schools sponsored and built by the church. The Ministry of Education, and I’m saying it for the last time today, I want you to ensure that you restore that sponsorship and the land and schools are restored back to their rightful owner,” he said.
Kenyatta specifically directed the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Lands, Nicholas Muraguri, to convene a meeting with the Education Ministry on Wednesday to initiate the restoration of church-owned land and schools.
“The PS Lands (Muraguri) will be with the Education Secretary and he has a week to finalise on the agenda we’ve discussed for the longest time. That is the least we can do to honour the memory of this legend that lays before us,” the Head of State directed.
The directive was in acknowledgement of the role played by Archbishop Emeritus Njenga in the establishment of education institutions through the support of the church.
The concept of church sponsorship of education institutions dates back to the pre-independence era when the colonial government allowed Christian missionaries to build and finance schools.
At Independence, the government adopted missionary schools and registered them as public schools while retaining them under church-sponsorship.