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Nairobi School Feeding Program Continues as High Court Dismisses Conservatory Orders

Nairobi School Feeding Program Continues as High Court Dismisses Conservatory Orders

The High Court refused to issue conservatory orders halting Nairobi’s school feeding programme.

Justice Mugure Thande stated in her ruling that she had regarded the child’s best interests in accordance with the Constitution.

The directives were issued after former Nairobi County Education Commissioner Janet Muthoni contested the program.

Muthoni argued before Justice Thande that the ‘Dishi na County’ program is unconstitutional because education is a national government function.

She filed suit alongside the Kenyan children’s rights group Tunza Mtoto Coalition.

Her lawyer, Maureen Nasimiyu, argued that neither the governor nor President William Ruto signed any document transferring the responsibilities of the National Government to the County.

Additionally, Nasimiyu stated that there was no legal document authorizing the county to feed children attending public institutions.

According to Nasimiyu, the county has allocated at least Ksh1.7 billion for the program.

The lawyer claimed the money would be spent illegally on a function that is not rooted in a decentralized element of government.

Dagoretti North, Embakasi Central, Embakasi South, Kasarani, Kibra, Makadara, Starehe, Roysambu, Ruaraka and Westlands were the pioneer sub-counties.

Once the initiative begins, it is estimated that approximately 250,000 children will be fed in public primary schools and Early Childhood Development centres.

Nairobi School Feeding Program Continues as High Court Dismisses Conservatory Orders

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