Kenya: Resettle the Ogiek, Moi
17 October 2007
Retired President arap Daniel arap has urged the Government to
resettle more than 3,000 Ogiek squatters who were evicted from
forests in Nandi last year.
He appealed to President Kibaki to resettle the squatters who were
evicted from Government forests in Nandi South and Uasin Gishu
districts before the December elections.
Mr Moi said the squatters were currently living in miserable
He said land problems facing the Ogiek had remained unsolved for
many years, noting the issue was likely to be exploited by
Opposition leaders in campaigns.
Most of those evicted from Government forests in Tinderet,
Cerengonik and Kipkurere forests are living in make-shift houses
in trading centres in Nandi South.
On Monday, the squatters appealed to Mr Moi to inform President
Kibaki about their suffering.
Mr Moi, who was campaigning for President Kibaki's re-election in
Nandi South District, blamed Nandi leaders for not helping the
community despite having appointed many of them to top positions
while he was in power.