Grassroots Activists from Grassroots Social Movement Kenya, Bunge la Mwananchi, Unga Revolution, Coalition for Constitution Implementation, Slum Dwellers Association of Kenya and Concern Citizens Kenya at a meeting held at Freedom Corner Nairobi on Sunday the 20 September 2015 vowed to press on with one week Protests dubbed #WeekOfRage beginning Monday 21 September 2015 at 10am at Tom Mboya Monument.
The Activists said that the protests are as a result of the government’s decision to close all schools due to the ongoing teachers strike instead of obeying the Court order asking the government to pay teachers. “A government that disobeys court orders should be disobeyed because the judicial authority is derived from the people” read one of the leaflets carried by the activists. Another leaflet read “Court Ordered government to Pay Teachers Not to Close Schools”.
The activists argued that by closing the schools, the government has abused the rights of the students to education as stipulated in articles 43 and 53 of the Constitution of Kenya and that the protesters shall be fulfilling their obligation as per article 1 of the constitution that states that all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya and that the people can exercise the power directly.
The activists while chanting anti-government slogans called on all Kenyans to turn up in large numbers to show the public rage to “an insensitive government that does not consider the plight of the poor”. The activists chanted “No Schools, No Government”, “Shut Down Schools, Shut Down Government”.