Kenya: Keep Your Dreadlocks, Rastafarianism is actually a Religion

A Kenyan court has ordered schools not to expel students who keep dreadlocks.

The High Court decision on Friday indicated which Rastafarianism is actually a religion just like any different in addition to ought to be respected.

While giving his final verdict in a suit in which a father of a girl who was sent away coming from Olympic High School in Nairobi soon after being admitted in Form One, Justice Enoch Chacha Mwita said which the school administration’s action denied the girl her right to religion in addition to education.

The judge also pointed out which the Constitution does not define what religion is actually nevertheless the dictionary does.

“This kind of is actually the first ever case in This kind of country where a child dons rasta braids because of her religious beliefs, Rastafarianism is actually a religion which should also be accorded protection,” said Justice Mwita.

in addition to while defending the girl’s parents for taking her to school well aware which the learning institution may be opposed to Rastafarianism, the judge said which every parent has to ensure which their child joins school for purposes of spiritual mental in addition to social development.

He pointed out which the Constitution clearly spells out which failing to take a child to school is actually an offence which attracts a fine of Ksh100,000 ($1,000) or a one-year jail term.

The judge ruled which the school acted in a discriminatory manner to send away the said girl.

“School rules stand on her way to religion in addition to education, the rules have been applied in a manner to deny her education, keeping rastas is actually a manifestation of her religion in addition to forcing her to cut the idea is actually contrary to her beliefs,” said Justice Mwita.


inside the suit, the father of several protested against the school’s decision to send home his daughter with instructions to cut off her dreadlocks at the start of This kind of year.