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Judge Mwita approves Rastafarian as a religion

Rastafarians in Kenya can now breathe in peace following a High Court decision by Judge Mwita that has accepted it as a religion.

Appearing before High Court Judge Mwita Chacha, Rastafarians were allowed to practice their religion the same way as other religions.

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The decision follows a case filed by a parent whose student from Olympic High School was dismissed from school due to dreadlocks.

Her parent communicated to the school that they are part of her religion but to no avail.

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Judge Mwita disagreed with the school terming the move unconstitutional as it was part of her religion as earlier explained.

He continued by saying it was also unconstitutional to deny the student her basic rights of education.

It was confirmed before the honorable court that the student had already included Rastafarian as her religion on the day of admission.

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In Kenya alone having dreadlocks has been perceived differently by the society and the government as many are considered as thugs.

In Nigeria, men with dreadlocks have been facing arrest and some murdered as they are grouped as thugs during police patrols.

Places of employment have also admitted a few numbers of them as many are considered unofficial for their respective posts.

Berryl Achieng
Kenyan news interests me a lot but I also keep tabs on other news making headlines in Africa and around the world.


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