Peoples National Assembly (OPNA), The Ogiek Rural Integral Projects (ORIP),
Ogiek Welfare Council (OWC), and Ogiek Peoples Development Program (OPDP),
states as follow:
THAT we support
the cabinetís decision to protect and stop the wanton destruction of the Mau
That, the Ogiek
people have, through traditional systems, conserved the Mau forest and
environs for hundreds of years.
THAT the Narok
county council to immediately mark boundaries for Group ranches and Trust land
to facilitate a sound and legal basis for any action.
THAT the forest
destruction is being perpetrated by relatives of some of the cabinet ministers
from Central province, with the full support of the Provincial Administration.
THAT about seven
former District commissioners including some serving in different capacities
are beneficiaries of the forest allocation.
We appeal to the
government to spare the Ogiek people further harassment as they are just
victims of capitalistic interest in the Mau forest complex
its powers the government must act within the international conventions
protecting the rights of Aboriginal Indigenous peoples - the Ogiek, Maasai and
the Sengwer communities in Kenya.
declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples ILO convention 169 and
convention on civil and political rights are just a few.
We thus conclude
to state that the government must protect the rights to property, health
environment and good governance to all Kenyans. We further take this
opportunity to call on the government to adopt the Bomas draft without
subjecting the same to change.