Two Ogiek shot by Kenya Police
03. Jan. 2008
Two Ogiek are the latest victims of Police brutality in Kenya's
post-election turmoil. Nicolas Borwa, aged 29, were yesterday shot
in the leg and Elijah Lesingo, aged 32, was shot in the neck. Both
survived but are in bad condition.
Freshly deployed Administration Police from Beaston Trading
Centre, located 30 km from Nakuru Town, who claimed that they had
been instructed to protect houses of Kikuyu owners, are aparently
harassing all civilians, except the people belonging to President
Kibaki's tribe. The aboriginal Ogiek are thereby the least
protected, though the Mau forest is their homeland.
The victims had to flee towards Nessuit and deeper into the forest
area, where they only could find medical assistance from a
traditional healer. Neither the health facilities nor the shops,
who usually are providing some supplies at the trading centres,
can be reached by the people from Nessuit, Mariashoni and other
locations in the Mau forest. No means of public transport are
operational any longer in this part of Kenya.
Only by means of a privately hired car at least some bags of maize
and other emergency rations could be channeled through and did
reach the Ogiek in Nassuit today. How many Ogiek families have
lost their homes and belongings could not yet be established, but
the situation is very severe, stated a spokesman from the Ogiek
Peoples Development Programme.