OGIEK PRESS STATEMENT TO ALL MEDIA HOUSES

 

OGIEK RURAL INTEGRAL PROJECTS (ORIP)

    

PRESS STATEMENT TO ALL MEDIA HOUSES

22nd February 2005

EVICTION OF SQUATTERS IN THE MAU NAROK FOREST

OGIEK SHALL NOT MOVE OUT!

 

The Ogiek 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 forest.

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

In exercising 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. 

The Draft 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.

Yours sincerely,

CHARLES SAINA SENA,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; ORIP & CHAIRMAN OPNA

ELDERS:

SAMUEL KAMAKEI

SAMSON SANTIKO

SAMWL MENGWARI

SAITOTI TANKI

WILSON GEMI

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