Article written by George Orido and Published by Standard Media Website(Kenya)

The controversy around the banning of a play, 'Shackles of Doom' by Butere Girls has continued to raise questions. The Ministry of Education officials in Kenya banned the winning play from the National Drama Festival set for Mombasa this month. According to the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival Executive Secretary – Sirengo Khaemba, the play from Butere Girls in Western Kenya did not meet the national values of cohesion and integration.

Intuitively, the play depicts life in Turkana where recent oil explorations have resulted in major oil discoveries that have since excited national discourse on how the benefits of the oil will help the locals. Speaking from Kakamega, the Nzoia region and Kakamega County drama secretary Wycliffe Indakwa expressed sadness following the ban. “We are committed to ensuring that this play is polished as a work of art as opposed to activism,” said Mr Indakwa.

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