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settlers now play hide and seek game
(31.12.2005) What was
expected to be a major clash between security personnel and
settlers at the Mau forest of Narok district turned out to be much
ado about nothing.
forest evictions start today
(29.12.2005) A major operation to flush out 2,000 people
from the Mau forest starts today. They have returned after being
evicted by the Government five months ago.
boss jailed for contempt
(15.12.2005) Narok county council chief was yesterday sent
to jail for six months for contempt of court. High Court judge
Jacktone Boma Ojwang' delivered his verdict at 1.27pm and sent
Stanislas Ondimu to start his new life at Kamiti Maximum Security
saga clerk jailed for contempt
(December 14, 2005) Former Narok County Council Clerk, Mr
Stanislas Ondimu, was jailed on Wednesday, just a day after a
Nairobi court ordered his arrest.
'alternative Nobel' winners call for water rights, global justice
Sweden (CP) - Two Canadian recipients of this year's Right
Livelihood Awards, also known as the "alternative
Nobels," on Tuesday said privatization of fresh water
resources represents a threat to human rights.
Mau evictees to be resettled, says DC
(December 1, 2005) The
Government will only resettle 3,155 people out of the 10,200 that
were evicted from the Mau Forest.
SMILE, WOMAN OF AFRICA,
A. N. Kithaka - This week holds two important events for African women. The 25th
of November marks the start of the 16 Days of Gender
Activism Against Violence, an international campaign meant
to raise awareness about gender violence, strengthen the
work of local organisations and demonstrate the solidarity
of women around the world. Incorporating the International
Day Against Violence Against Women (November 25th) and
International Human Rights Day (December 10), the goal of the campaign is to link violence against women to the fact that it is
a human rights violation. November 25 is also especially
important for African women, as it is the day that the
Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa comes into force.
fires his entire Cabinet
Kibaki last night sacked his entire Cabinet and all his assistant
ministers, only a day after losing the Constitution referendum.
presidential powers need to be trimmed
(24.11.2005) The powers
vested in the Executive underpinned the bruising contest for the
of titles to continue, confirms Kimunya
(24.11.2005) The ongoing programme of issuing title deeds
and settling landless families will continue despite the outcome
of the national referendum.
constitution rejected in referendum
NAIROBI, 22 November (IRIN) - Kenya's proposed new constitution
has been rejected in a referendum despite its having been
supported by President Mwai Kibaki and other key figures in his
government, the country's electoral commission announced on
down on season of insanity
reason the Government last week temporarily shut down KASS FM
station broadcasting in the Kalenjin language was because it has
been pro-orange team. The fact that the station was initially
ordered closed until November 23 when referendum results would
have been officially announced is itself emerged as some sort of
proof that the station was a threat to some political interests.
paying the price for biofuels
(22 November 2005) THE drive for "green energy" in the
developed world is having the perverse effect of encouraging the
destruction of tropical rainforests.
PERSPECTIVES ON THE NOVEMBER 21ST REFERENDUM AND RECOMMENDATIONS
(November 20, 2005) Most likely, members of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) which
is campaigning for a "No vote" in the referendum will win on
Monday, a victory that is, most likely, going to raise various issues in the
post-referendum situation in Kenya.
this bout of generosity rings false
Kenya's successive presidents are a study in comparative
generosity. Daniel arap Moi's looked inborn. But in Pedagogy of
the Oppressed, Paulo Freire warns us against "the false
generosity of the oppressor".
creates 27 new districts, gives out land
(17.11.2005) The latest wave of
resettlement adds to the 12,000 people in Mau Forest – who had
earlier been evicted and who are now undergoing a vetting process
– and the 10,000 members of the Ogiek community who have since
been asked to pick titles at the local Lands offices.
Banana, 10 MPs tell Ogiek
(16.11.2005) Ten MPs have asked the Ogiek to vote against
the proposed Constitution on Monday. About 12,000 members of the
community were recently issued with land title deeds by President
and her Constitution, the story so far…
1963 - Independence - Kenya adopts her first constitution ; 1964-9
- 1st Phase of Amendment Process - Highlights ....
(13.11.2005) With less than 168
hours to go before the November 21 referendum, both the Banana and
Orange teams yesterday entered the final sprint with over 15
rallies across the country.
defence of contempt astonishing
(11.11.2005) Kabete MP Paul Muite is not known for pulling
punches, especially on matters touching on the presidency.
Warns State On Forest Settlements
Assistant minister Prof Wangari Maathai has called on the
Government to stop settling people in forests.
must not defend violation of law
MUITE, the MP for Kabete, is not well known for pulling his
punches, especially on matters touching on the Kenyan presidency.
During former President Moi’s reign, particularly following the
fall from grace by his mentor, Charles Njonjo, Muite gained a
reputation for throwing jabs (both lethal and non-lethal) at the
presidency on every available opportunity.
- Magazine November/December 2005
MARK DOWIE - "Conservation Refugees" - When protecting
nature means kicking people out ...
Sustainability Collides With
(04.11.2005) MT KENYA, Nov 4 (IPS) -
Visitors to Mbeere district in Kenya’s Central Province can
hardly miss them: bags of charcoal laid on either side of the road.
Those who sell the bags are far less visible, however. They hide
in the surrounding dense vegetation, only appearing to make
The President will not have powers to dish out plots
(03.11.2005) Lands and Housing minister Amos Kimunya, a Yes
vote advocate, says that the Government will not have the power to
interfere with trust land. - Question: Which major land reforms
would convince Kenyans to vote for the proposed Constitution?
treading on each other's toes
(01.11.2005) In the
recent past, we have witnessed cases where the very basis of the
doctrine of separation of powers has been threatened by each of
the three institutions of government violating the law and
encroaching onto each other's constitutional spheres.
vital to our knowledge
(01.11.2005) By Diona Fay Howard - "Hello
class, welcome to intellectual heritage 51. Can anyone tell me
what intellectual heritage means?" says a Temple professor at
the beginning of each semester. A bold student ready to earn an A
for the course eagerly answers, "It means the legacy of great
thinkers and ideas in this world."
(31 October 2005) Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has allocated
thousands of title deeds for land in a move his opponents say is
an attempt to “bribe” voters to support a controversial draft
constitution in a November 21 referendum.
(Patrick Bond - Oct. 2005) Exactly how much wealth does Africa
lose every year? Third World repayments of $340 billion each
year flow northwards to service a $2.2 trillion debt, more
than five times the G8's development aid budget, notes
Patrick Bond. In addition Africa’s citizens experience
depletion of assets like forests and mineral resources, and suffer
the impact of pollution as a result of mining. In this context,
Bond argues that those who claim international integration
can enrich Africa are wrong.
(29.10.2005) THE government yesterday suspended
with immediate effect inspection of land registers and other
related documents, citing rampant forgeries and frauds. In
a press statement the Ministry of Lands and Housing further
announced the review of the administration of land survey records
for the release of deed plans and that sole custodianship of such
documents had been granted exclusively to the Commissioner of
beehive factor in Kenya's politics
(29.10.2005) Not too
long ago, I had the difficult task of explaining to a group of
foreigners a small news item appearing in one of the local
Kibaki must respect courts
(29.10.2005) I half-expected the Attorney General to come out and
reassure the country that President Kibaki did not deliberately
flout the law last week.
Kibaki Really Break the Law On Ogiek Titles?
COLUMN (October 25, 2005) Acrimony
over the proposed draft Constitution heightened last week when the
president issued 12,000 title deeds to members of the Ogiek
ignoring court orders
Government pronouncements have put the rule of law in serious
jeopardy, because they deliberately ignore or belittle valid court
Urge State to Resettle Forest Evictees
(25.10.2005) Two Kanu MPs want the Government to unconditionally
resettle more than 10,000 families evicted from Mau Forest.
Kirwa, Koech written off politically?
is growing perception and reasons to boot that Kalenjin leaders on
the Banana camp are having a mountain to climb from what is
happening on the ground. They say perceptions can be deceptive but
then again its is often perceptions which tend to crystallize into
realities more so in the province of politics.
Kibaki is prone to double talk
(24.10.2005) Before the
Wako Draft was handed over to the Constitution of Kenya Review
Commission and the Yes and No referendum campaigns kicked off,
President Kibaki was away from the limelight as LDP and NAK
activists crisscrossed the country.
walk out on president was unfortunate
(23. Oct. 2005) The behaviour of some Kanu
Members of Parliament from Rift Valley province leaves a lot to be
desired. Their conduct is not only wanting but at times also seems
to be immature and not worthy of elected leaders in their
calls for peaceful campaigns
Kibaki yesterday sent a passionate appeal to Kenyans for them to
maintain peace during the referendum campaigns and to turn out in
large numbers to vote.
Kenyatta Day Speech 20th October
"The award of title deeds to members of the Ogiek community is
also part of the government's efforts to streamline land matters
in the country." - SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. MWAI KIBAKI,
C.G.H., M.P., PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES
OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA DURING THE KENYATTA DAY CELEBRATIONS AT
NYAYO NATIONAL STADIUM, NAIROBI, 20TH OCTOBER, 2005
honour our heroes,' - Kibaki
(October 20, 2005) President Mwai Kibaki said Wednesday that
national heroes should be honoured adequately through
commemorative projects that reflect the ideals they championed.
Did Kibaki bend the law?
(19.10.2005) On Saturday,
the President gave land to residents of Olenguruone in Nakuru
district after a court order against the move – and now a row
simmers if the gesture was legally right ...
Narc yet to clean up act
(19.10.2005) Kenya has been ranked among the world's 20
most corrupt nations. According to a report released yesterday by
a global anti-graft watchdog, this was an indication that the
fight against corruption had stagnated.
forests stunt Kenya's growth
efforts at wealth creation have hit a snag because of the massive
of destruction of forests and rapid depletion of its natural
resources, a World Bank reports says.
selective over titles, says priest
(October 18, 2005) Controversial Kitale Parish priest Fr Gabriel
Dolan has termed the issuance of title deeds by the President as
selective and inconsistent.
People's Workshop in Defense of Water
(October 18, 2005) Water
Privatization in Latin America - The
drive to privatize water distribution and resources is gaining
steam in Latin America. Although transnational water companies
have suffered setbacks in places like Puerto Rico, Bolivia, and
Uruguay, they continue with plans to appropriate the region's
hydrological resources - rivers, aquifers, wells, and aqueduct
systems. While “privatization” has become a loaded term in the
water business, companies prefer a softer discourse, employing
concepts such as “decentralization,” “civil society
participation,” and “sustainable development.”
Kibaki Under Fire by Legal Society
influential group of lawyers in Kenya says President Mwai Kibaki
has taken a number of actions recently that violate court orders.
President Kibaki's move to grant land titles to displaced
communities in the Rift Valley is under fire.
gives Nakuru four districts as race hots up
(October 17, 2005) President Kibaki yesterday said Nakuru District
would be split into four new administrative units. The President
said the district was too large and that the creation of the new
units would make it more manageable administratively.
leaders made me quit, Githongo says
(October 17, 2005) Former anti-corruption czar John Githongo has
ended speculation over his departure by revealing that he quit his
job because of his war against a clique of powerful corrupt
criticised over Ogiek title deeds
(17.10.2005) President Kibaki yesterday came under heavy
criticism for defying a court order that stopped the issuance of
title deeds to the Ogiek. But the President also received backing
for giving out 12,000 title deeds over the weekend with Local
Government assistant minister, Maina Kamanda, arguing the court
injunction was open to varied interpretation.
criticised for ignoring court order
Kibaki came under attack yesterday for disregarding a court order
against issuing title deeds to the Ogiek community.
time Kenyans shunned outdated ethnic ideologies
(16. Oct. 2005) MAYBE
you have read the old fable about the scorpion and the frog, which
illustrates how man’s nature is much more devious and
controlling than his logic.
criticized over famine relief
(October 16, 2005) The government has been accused of using famine
relief food to woe voters in drought stricken Ukambani area to
endorse the proposed draft constitution during the November 21
team alleges death threats
(October 16, 2005) Claims that spies are trailing rivals of the
Wako Draft and threatening some with death emerged yesterday.
issues title deeds to the Ogiek
(October 16, 2005) President Mwai Kibaki said Saturday the
government was not issuing land title deeds to solicit favours
from the people.
hands out 12,000 deeds despite court order
Kibaki yesterday gave out 12,000 land titles in Nakuru amid
controversy on whether or not he had ignored a court order
stopping the issuance of the documents.
woos Kalenjins, rules out witch-hunting
(15. Oct. 2005) PRESIDENT Mwai Kibaki yesterday
said that his government would not hunt for individuals who might
have committed human rights injustices in the past.
in move to allay fears over land
(October 15, 2005) The Government will not pursue former State
officials implicated in human rights abuses when the new
constitution comes into force, President Kibaki said yesterday.
stops President from issuing titles
High Court has stopped President Mwai Kibaki from issuing land
title deeds to members of the Ogiek community. Sitting in Nakuru,
Justice Daniel Musinga issued the prohibition order after some
Ogiek community members, claiming to have been left out of the
exercise, sought legal redress.
stops issuance of title deeds
Government was yesterday barred from issuing title deeds to
members of the Ogiek community. The barring orders were issued by
the High Court against the Commissioner of Lands, the chief lands
registrar, the principal registrar of titles and the Rift Valley
Tree cutting an environmental calamity
Open letter to The Editor, Nation Newspapers. (October 10, 2005) Dear Sir,
I have just spent a couple of days around Kibwezi and Masongaleni and was truly shocked to see the changes in the environment and the extent of degradation that has occurred over the last few years.
the law to pass a bad law
(October 9, 2005) Three chilling revelations emerged this past
week: One, politicians in government will not hesitate to distort
the truth, rob the taxpayer, bribe, incite, coerce, maim or
incarcerate to pass that pretension of a constitution.
of words on Draft hots up at twin rallies
The war of words over the proposed Constitution intensified
yesterday as the Yes and No-vote teams went head to head with
parallel rallies held only a few kilometres apart.
pay rise for councillors as vote bribery row rages
countrywide were given a hefty pay rise plus the promise of free
life insurance yesterday, even as the Government was being accused
yet again of making a series of concessions aimed at bribing
voters to support the proposed new Constitution.
decimation of another indigenous people
OGIEK PRESS STATEMENT - The decimation of
another indigenous people is taking place in Africa - this
happened systematically round the world since the 17th century.
Another tribe of people is to be displaced, unheard, detroyed.
plans Sh100m house for the President ( - but Ogiek are out in
the cold )
STANDARD, Nairobi (October 6, 2005) The Government will spend
Sh100 million on the construction of an official residence for the
countries to form regional network on global environmental change
NEWS RELEASE: Nairobi
5 October, 2005 – At a historic meeting held in
last week, scientists from throughout
called for a regional network to promote much needed research on
environmental degradation in the region.
KENYA: Gov't announces plan to resettle forest evictees
NAIROBI, 5 October (IRIN) - Kenyan authorities have unveiled a plan to resettle thousands of families evicted in June from farms allegedly carved out of a forest in the Mau area of the country's southeastern Narok district.
to settle thousands is not new, say ministers
Senior officials yesterday denied that the Government's decision
to resettle people recently evicted from Rift Valley forests has
anything to do with the referendum.
(October 5, 2005) Roads minister Raila Odinga and Kanu Chairman
Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday led the Orange team in accusing President
Kibaki of turning to "bribery’’ in the referendum war....
OGIEK OPPOSE KIBAKI’S DIRECTIVE ON
(03.10.2005) PRESS STATEMENT TO THE MEDIA
President’s directive that more than 12,000 Ogiek shall be issued
with title deed in the Mau is ill timed and a monumental
conspiracy to expropriate Ogiek ancestral land in Nakuru and Narok
districts to other mainstream societies for political expediency.
The Ogiek land struggle is as old as our independence and to date
the Ogiek people are not legally among the 42 tribes of Kenya.
gives out land for ‘Yes’ review vote
(03.10.2005) The Government will resettle families evicted from
Mau Forest before the November 21 referendum in a move clearly
aimed at wrong-footing the No platform.
question generates more heat than light
The sensitive issue of land ownership and usage has emerged
as one of the most hotly contested in the debate for the proposed
Why Kenya is a failed state
(02.10.2005) Despite all appearances to the contrary, a
report by a US research organisation has classed Kenya as being
among the world's failed states.
WATER MAFIA DOES NOT GIVE UP
Forest evictions to go on, says Karua
(02.10.2005) The Government will not go back on plans to
remove people living in its forests illegally, Water minister
Martha Karua said yesterday.
Land Mapping System to Give People Greater Say
(September 23, 2005) Kenya will soon have an electronic land
adjudication system if the Government adopts recommendations by an
want House to hold fresh talks on proposed law
(17.09.2005) Three lobby
groups want Parliament to reconvene and examine afresh the
contentious clauses in the proposed Constitution.
kicked out of Mau Forest
(17.09.2005) More than
100 armed men were yesterday forced out of Mau Forest by police.
has gone up, say Kenyans
(17.09.2005) Ninety four
per cent of Kenyans think corruption has increased since Narc came
to power in 2003, says a report.
Rights Activists Reject Kenya's Proposed Constitution
2005) listen to interview with Korrir Singoei (MP3
Audio - 2,15 MB) In Kenya, a group representing the
interests of minorities and indigenous peoples has come out
against the draft constitution – which will be accepted or
rejected by voters on November 21st.
wants communities involved in land mapping
(September 8, 2005) Local communities should be allowed to
participate in land demarcation to avert conflicts, a workshop
proposals on land ownership
(September 4, 2005) By John Kamau - The problem of landlessness is
worse than many Kenyans think - something that will complicate the
implementation of the Wako Draft Constitution.
CHALLENGES OF DOMESTICATION:
THE PROTOCOL TO THE AFRICAN CHARTER ON HUMAN AND PEOPLE’S RIGHTS ON THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN AFRICA
(Sept. 2005) Once 15 African countries have ratified The Protocol To The African
Charter On Human and Peoples' Rights On The Rights of Women in Africa,
its provisions will have to be included in country-level legislation.
This is the next challenge facing the Solidarity for African Women’s
Rights Campaign, says Sarah Mukasa, who assesses some of the potential
stumbling blocks inherent in the domestication process. “It is imperative that strategies adopted for this campaign take into account
these factors and prepare for the resistances that will surely come,”
"Small Tribes still marginalised by proposed new constitution!"
Minister alleges parallel draft in circulation (August 31, 2005) Cabinet Minister Najib Balala yesterday alleged that the Government was printing two sets of the proposed constitution. Balala said there were two sets of the constitution at the Government printers, one with contentious issues and another
CID men executed Kaiser, MP alleges
(August 16, 2005) Kabete MP Paul
Muite yesterday told a Nairobi court that four police officers
killed Catholic priest Antony Kaiser before his body was dumped on
the Nakuru-Naivasha road.
hunting will transform the north
(10.08.2005) If you have travelled by bus from Mombasa to
Lamu, one of the sights that may have startled you as you
traversed Tana River District, is that of passengers alighting at
some point and walking off into one of the most desolate
landscapes in the country.
leader attacked and nearly killed
(01.08.2005) Nakuru / Kenya 01.08.2005 - The indigenous Ogiek and
all their friends are in profound shock after Councilor Joseph
Miangari of Nessuit ward was attacked in his house at 3am on the
morning of 01. August 2005 by unknown gangsters.
Forest Residents Decry Violent Evictions
(July 15, 2005) Twelve-year-old Nicholas Kiptum was traumatized
when Kenyan police destroyed his school in early June.
forest evictions leave thousands in penury
(14 Jul 2005) Thousands of Kenyans
are hungry and homeless after being forced from an environmentally
sensitive forest area in a violent expulsion critics likened to
Zimbabwe's controversial slum clearances.
criticises Kanu after walk-out
(13.07.2005) About 20
Kanu MPs disrupted House business as they walked out in a group to
address a news conference on the Mau Forest evictions.
Letter to Security Minister
(12.07.2005) OGIEK RURAL INTEGRAL PROJECTS (ORIP) - I am writing
to you on behalf of the Ogiek people living in the Mau forest
complex and who are the original indigenous peoples of the Mau
next war? - no it's already on at the Mau!
(Sunday July 10, 2005) The next war - Major conflicts in Africa
over the next 25 years could be due to that most precious of
commodities - water. Water wars are likely to erupt in areas where
rivers and lakes are shared by more than one country, according to
a United Nations Development Programme report. Possible
flashpoints are the Nile, Niger, Volta and Zambezi basins. The
report predicts population growth and economic development will
lead to nearly one in two people in Africa living in countries
facing water scarcity or ‘water stress’ within 25 years.
Squatters flee Mau as evictions
(July 7, 2005) Squatters continued
to flee Nkaroni area of Mau yesterday in the latest eviction in
the catchment area. This comes barely
two weeks after it the evictions were temporarily stopped for
hope for revised forests Bill
controversial forests Bill has been revised and will be tabled in
Parliament for debate next week.
(06.07.2005) The High Court in Nakuru has postpond this morning
the civil applicationof the Ogiek vs the Narok County
Council concerning the eviction of Ogiek from Mau Forest. The
Narok County Council demanded more time to set their defence.
order will lead to anarchy, Govt warned
The Government's order for seizure of grabbed land without seeking
court orders attracted angry reactions yesterday.
Forest Squatters to Be Evicted
(July 1, 2005) The next phase of evictions from gazetted forests
will be in Marmanet in Laikipia District, Lands Minister Amos
Kimunya has said.
us from eviction, plead Ogiek
community members have asked the Government to spare them from
ongoing eviction in Mau Forest.
Jobs clash paralyses Sondu
(June 25, 2005) A week after Japan
expressed interest in funding another power plant at Sondu-Miriu,
a fresh jobs controversy has paralysed work at the multi-billion
Red Cross gives assistance to eviction victims
(24.06.2005) The Kenya Red Cross Society has
dispatched a humanitarian relief consignment worth Ksh 6 million
to assist thousands of people affected by evictions in Narok
is priority? Sanctity for life or love for property?
(23.06.2005) Did Michuki ask where these people are living now,
whether their children are still going to school, where are they
sleeping and do they have food to eat? If the President and
Michuki did not ask this, what did they say?, writes KOIGI WA
WAMWERE MP, SUBUKIA
taken to task over Mau eviction
Minister in charge of Internal Security and Provincial
Administration John Michuki was asked to explain the circumstances
under which thousands of families with genuine title deeds were
evicted from Mau forest.
order on squatters, MP urges chiefs
(June 23, 2005) The Coast Parliamentary Group chairman, Mr Joe
Khamisi, yesterday urged chiefs to ignore an order to evict
squatters. Khamisi said the order by Internal Security minister
John Michuki to chiefs to evict squatters from private land in the
province, was a direct incitement and could cause chaos.
(including ole NTIMAMA) and ministers on Sh785m debt list
(23.06.2005) Two Cabinet ministers are among hundreds of
Kenyans who owe a farmers' organisation a staggering Sh785.3
million in loan arrears.
at the centre of land problems
(21. 06 2005) IT will seemingly take us a while
longer to see the last of the incessant squatter problem in the
country. Most of the squatter cases are genuine and a few of them
consist of greedy individuals who have wilfully set aside their
rightful land and encroached on to private land.
orders chiefs to evict all squatters
(June 21, 2005) Internal Security Minister John Michuki yesterday
ordered chiefs in Coast Province to evict squatters who have
settled on private land.
CRY FOR HELP
(20.06.2005) Please take note
of the serious humanitarian crisis and the appaling condition in
which the evicted Ogiek families from Enoosupukia were left by the
Kenya state already in the first eviction wave. Please try to
consider your assistance.
govt of the rich must live to oppress the poor
(19.06.2005) IN her poverty-stricken existence,
Kenya remains one of the nations that continues to parade numerous
features of poverty, particularly as shown by the ‘squatter
uprisings’ and inadequacy of housing provisions in terms of
quantity and quality.
over Mau forest evictions
desperation and anguish descended settlers at the Mau Forest in
Narok District as the government stood its ground last week to
continue with their evictions, generating political heat in the
country as various groups either rallied behind the government or
came to the defence of the victims.
of HR and constitution process activists
We the members of Yellow Movement of the Multi-Sectoral
Forum (MSF) are shocked and outraged by the barbaric actions of
the police who unleashed terror on citizens who were on a peaceful
procession during the launch of MSF Maua Chapter on Saturday the
18th June 2005 in Maua.
the Law, or face jail - Land's Minister told
(18.06.2005) ...while freezing Ogiek children, who do not know
their future or from where their next meal will come, are not
cared for by the state machinery, who thrushes them into misery.
- Please get directly in contact with the Ogiek Support Programme
by e-mail or call ...
‘may take law into their hands’ over land - Bett
(16.06.2005) NARC nominated MP Franklin Bett
has warned that members of the Kipsigis community might be forced
to take the law in their hands to protect themselves over the
controversial land issue in the Mau Forest in Narok South should
the government fail to act and defend them.
(June 16, 2005) A row has erupted over the relocation of 247
families from the Tana River Primate National Reserve.
now say officers raped, robbed them
(16.06.2005) Squatters evicted from Mau forest yesterday claimed
security officers raped them. Administration Policemen and Narok
County Council rangers were also accused of robbing victims of
corrupt ministers, Kibaki urged
(June 16, 2005) President Kibaki has been urged to take advantage of the truce declared
by the Liberal Democratic Party to purge his Government of corrupt
villagers still in shock as police evict them from their homes
(15.06.2005) Lydiah Chebet's two wet exercise books lie abandoned
on her desk in her Standard One class at Sepetet Junior School in
Ololulunga Division, Narok District.
BIANCA JAGGER BACKS NEW CAMPAIGN FOR WORLD'S TRIBES
'Alternative Nobel Prize' meeting, Salzburg, 13 June 2005 - Bianca Jagger has backed a new campaign for the world's governments to
sign up to the main international law protecting tribal people.
major water tower under threat
(June 12, 2005) The Mau
forest complex has a long and chequered history, and the current
controversy is but the latest in a long string of problems dating
back to the colonial times.
these evictions, MPs urge Kibaki (12.06.2005)
Three Members of Parliament from Rift Valley Province want
to meet President Mwai Kibaki over the on-going evictions in Mau
from OGIEK RURAL INTEGRAL PROJECTS (ORIP)
(10.06.2005) The Kenyan government continues to evict people from
the Mau Narok forest west of Narok and over 3,000 Ogiek so far are
homeless. The total number of Ogiek evicted in Narok district
numbers over 3,500 people. If the exercise is not halted and
dialogue sought over 10,000 Ogiek people will be affected.
peoples in Kenya persecuted by state, corporate and NGO terror
Scorched homestead policy in Kenya - Narok, Kenya 09. June 2005 -
The Ogiek - one of the few true aboriginal people of Kenya face
not only constant persecution from the majority tribes, but are
now targeted by international corporations and their proxies in
government as well as in NGO cover-ups.
GLOBAL FOREST DESTRUCTION
Excerpts from W R M B U L L E T I N 95 - June 2005 - New
policies, old problems. Ever since the 1970s, the World Bank has
struggled to define an approach to forests, which reconciles its
expressed commitment to poverty alleviation with its model of
promoting 'development' through top-down growth and
Pandering to the industrial lobby?
WWF resurrects failed World Bank policy in Cambodia's forests.(27
May 2005) Whilst welcoming the recently announced WWF/World Bank Forest Alliance objective of a 10% reduction in global deforestation rates by 2010, Global Witness questions its ability to deliver, given the Alliance's track record in Cambodia and other countries. The Alliance's support for industrial logging in moist tropical forests is particularly problematic.
is a major obstacle to indigenous rights
PARTICIPANTS IN INDIGENOUS FORUM HIGHLIGHT DISASTROUS EFFECTS OF
POVERTY, CONFLICTS, LACK OF ACCESS TO HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
(2005-05-25) CL - As the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
continued its fourth session today, participants highlighted the
disastrous effects of poverty, ongoing conflicts and lack of
access to education on the achievement of full human rights, and
stressed the urgent need to complete the draft declaration on
Indigenous people resist DNA-project
Genographic research as neo-colonial attitude (28.04.2005) The ambitious DNA profiling "Genographic project"
which seeks to retrace the path of human settlement on Earth has been encountering
resistance among indigenous people. After a boycott-appeal by the US-American Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, now some Maori and African First Nations have also
announced concerns over the project .
declares Kibaki Cabinet illegal
President Kibaki's government of national unity is illegal, Kanu
claimed yesterday. Opposition leader Uhuru Kenyatta wrote formally
to the Speaker, Mr Francis ole Kaparo, claiming the appointment of
Kanu members to the Cabinet was against the law.
at polls border talks
Political leaders differed sharply as the constituency boundaries
review got under way yesterday. Political rivalry took the centre
stage as they clashed on how they wanted the exercise carried out
in their areas.
civil servants to be sacked
(April 20, 2005) All non-performing civil servants will be
dismissed immediately, President Mwai Kibaki has said. The
President said yesterday poor service delivery was tainting the
Sengwer Indigenous Peoples in
Kapolet forest attacked by Pokot Cattle rustlers
(April 20, 2005) Open Letter by SENGWER*
ETHNIC MINORITY HUNTER-GATHERER INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Eyewitness Account of the First Aboriginal Holocaust Memorial Day Action in Vancouver, Canada
(Monday, April 18, 2005) Dolly Pratt is an elder of the Songhees First Nation near Victoria, BC who is nearly eighty, but she travelled to downtown Vancouver to be with us last Friday, April 15 to ask a simple question of the churches and government of Canada: Where are the bodies of the children who died in native residential schools?
on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in
(15. April 2005) At the African Union meeting in Maputo in July
2003, the AU adopted the "Protocol to the African Charter on
Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa".
The Protocol offers significant potential to guarantee the rights
of women. But in order to come into force it needs to be ratified
by at least 15 countries.
Potential conflict of interest in Nobel Laureate's appointment to AU
(15. April 2005) Tajudeen Abdul Raheem says the appointment of Nobel Laureate Wangari
Mathai to the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the
African Union represents a dangerous conflict of interest as she is
already a Kenyan government minister. Wangari should either quit as a
government minister or reject the ECOSOCC position, he argues.
Broken Promises - The World Bank and Forests
The World Bank is contributing to destruction of world’s forests
- (April 14, 2005) This report finds that programmes funded by the World Bank Group are causing destruction of the world’s remaining forests and harming poor people dependent on forests for their survival. The report says that the Bank has failed to implement its own Forest ‘Safeguard’ Policy, adopted in 2002, and that not one of the conditions the Bank promised to fulfil has been met.
Kenyan surveyors say Kimunya's land subdivision order is doomed to fail
(April 11, 2005) Kenya's Minister for Lands and Housing, Amos Kimunya, has been criticised over an order he issued a week ago freezing the subdivision of agricultural land below one hectare (2.47
acres). Professionals and experts said the minister's decree would not only be hard to implement but would also force Kenyans to conduct informal land transactions with the attendant danger of fuelling land-based disputes and
MEMORANDUM TO PRESIDENT KIBAKI
THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BRING TO AN END POKOT
TERRITORIAL EXPANSION THROUGH CATTLE RUSTLING IN THE NORTH RIFT
VALLEY - Memorandum from: Sengwer Ethnic Minority Hunter-Gatherer
Indigenous Peoples - P.O. Box 3894
30200 - presented to: His
Mwai Kibaki, M.P. CGH
, President of the
Kenya - on 7th April 2005
Open Letter to the Vatican: Pope Fails Indigenous Peoples on
Pope John Paul II's recent death has stirred a kind of global
frenzy for an individual unparalleled in modern times. As millions
have mourned and gathered to pay tribute to him, some have chosen
to step back and reflect upon the meaning of the third longest
papal tenure in history.
US pressure on Kenya over immunity
(April 4, 2005) The United States is attempting to "blackmail"
Kenya into giving US nationals immunity from prosecution by the
International Criminal Court (ICC), an advocacy group charged last
ministers' row over 'grabbed' forest land deepens divisions in
(April 4, 2005) Clashes within Kenya's fractious ruling coalition
extended last week to involve government policies, with Lands and
Housing Minister Amos Kimunya declaring that the ongoing evictions
in forests were a Cabinet decision and would continue, in defiance
of his Environment Ministry counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka, who is
opposed to the exercise.
the United States, belongs to the red man, the American Indian.
It's actually a shame to be a so-called American because
everybody living there is ... an invader," Fischer said. Bobby Fischer arrives in
Iceland - REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) 31.03.2005 Bobby Fisher's latest
audacious gambit has begun in a wind-lashed corner of the north
Rising Insecurity in and around Cherangany Hills
Open letter by SENGWER ETHNIC MINORITY HUNTER-GATHERER INDIGENOUS PEOPLES - P.O. Box 3894, Kitale 30200 – Kenya - March 27, 2005 - to - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Provincial Administration and National Security, Harambee House, Office of The President, P.O. Box - Nairobi.
seeds burnt by more than 3000 tribal women
(Orissa): Demanding Orissa be declared an Organic State, more than
3000 tribal women today made a bonfire of hybrid and genetically
modified seeds of cotton and other crops -- calling it the launch
of a seed satyagrah...
is the Kenya Government Afraid of its Former Friends?
(March 22, 2005) A commentary on the recent Kenya government calls
on the local chapter of Transparency International to "apologize"
regarding allegations that a top member of NAK regime has stashed
away almost 800 million shillings in an overseas account.
ICRA - Envoyez un courrier de protestation
(Update: 21.03.2005) Bulletin d'Action Urgente : Stop à l'expulsion des Ogiek de la forêt de Mau
is the sixth most corrupt country in Africa
(March 18, 2005) Kenya is the sixth most corrupt country in
Africa, according to the Transparency International report.
Nigeria is the most corrupt followed by Chad, Cote d'Ivoire,
Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.
Suite au précédent ICRA News concernant l'expulsion de 200 Ogiek de leurs terres, nous vous donnons l'occasion d'agir et d'empêcher des déplacements encore plus importants des populations de la forêt de Mau.
(12.03.2005) The National Land Policy
Formulation Process Steering Committee will start collecting views
from the public in Mombasa next week. Its mandate is to collate
public impressions to help the Government to formulate a
sustainable national land policy.
(12.03.2005) At last the Western states appear
to be beginning to own up. It is that Western companies and
experts are major players in the myriad of corrupt deals involving
fight for women's rights
(12.03.2005) Kenyan leaders have resolved to
ensure that women have the freedom to enjoy their rights. Delegates at a meeting in New York
to discuss the status of women said they would strive to ensure
that issues such as the trafficking of women and prostitution,
which are flourishing in Kenya but have been ignored, were dealt
HUMAN RIGHTS POLICIES 'ABHORRENT AND SHAMEFUL'
(11 March 2005) Indigenous peoples are marking Commonwealth Day on
14 March by attacking the UK government for blocking the
recognition of their rights at the UN. 'The UK's human rights
policies concerning indigenous peoples are abhorrent and shameful,'
says Inuit spokeswoman Dalee Sambo Dorough.
Death of Rain
Forest Defender BRUNO MANSER Declared
BASEL/Switzerland.10.March 2005 - Today Bruno Manser was
declared officially as "presumed dead" by a court in
Switzerland. Almost exactly five years after his disappearance without a trace
into the last jungles of Sarawak on the island of Borneo in
South-East Asia, the civil court of the Swiss town of Basel
finalized its findings concerning an official request filed by the
family of Bruno Manser to establish the fate of Bruno Manser as a
International Women's Day: homage to women's struggle in forests and plantations
- supported by ECOTERRA Intl. - On the International Women's Day, the World Rainforest Movement wants to pay homage to the innumerable women that have played and still play an essential role in the governance and nurturing of forests and other
200 OGIEK RENDERED HOMELESS, HUNDREDS OF PROPERTIES DESTROYED IN
AN EVICTION EXERCISE (7 March 2005) 200
hundred members of Ogiek Community in Enoosupukia region of Narok
District have been rendered homeless following a Government
eviction plan causing loss of hundreds of properties, we
can now establish. In a fact finding mission conducted by OWC to
establish the extent of losses, it is now revealed that the
affected families are presently camping at a local church without
food and shelter.
200 Ogiek sans-abris, des centaines de propriétés détruites
dans une opération d'expulsion (7
mars 2005) Deux cents membres de la communauté ogiek dans
la région d'Enoosupukia du District de Narok se sont retrouvés
sans-abris suite à un plan gouvernemental d'expulsion qui a causé
la perte de centaines de propriétés, comme nous pouvons
aujourd'hui constater. Lors d'une mission d'enquête menée par
l'OWC pour établir l'étendue des pertes, il a été révélé
que les familles victimes campent pour le moment dans une église
locale sans nourriture et sans abris.
President must be barred from
(March 7, 2005) The proposal by the Kenyan
Government to amend the Government Lands Act to embed a Land
Titles Tribunal which will rectify, validate or revoke titles to
public land earlier "irregularly" allocated is
EA rates poorly in new US human
(March 7, 2005) Respect for human rights is one of
the key criteria that the United States applies in determining a
country’s eligibility for expanded development assistance,
writes KEVIN J.KELLEY - East Africans’ human rights continue
to be routinely violated by their governments, the United States
charges in a new report.
Why are we conspiring against our
(March 7, 2005) Each time the government acts to
rid the country's threatened water catchment areas of illegal
settlements, politicians cry foul, rally behind the settlers and
castigate the government for being insensitive to the plight of
Politics behind settlement of Mau
(March 7, 2005) Following last week's forced
eviction by the government of settlers who had invaded the Mau
Forest,The EastAfrican has established that the massive
re-settlement of people in the forests was political.
urges State to implement land report
(05.03.2005) Kitale Catholic Justice and
Peace Commission Director, Father Gabriel Dolan, yesterday told
the Government to implement the recommendations of the Ndung’u
to the Kenya Government (March 4, 2005)
eviction of 1,200 residents from Enoosupukia, and the plans to
evict many thousands more from other parts of the Mau are entirely
counter-productive to the aims of environmental protection. Rather
than solving environmental problems such as deforestation and soil
erosion, the government has created more pressure on other lands,
and worsened the problems of landlessness which plague Kenya.
Furthermore, this move takes the country farther away from peace
and security, by laying the groundwork for renewed ethnic violence
like that seen in Enoosupukia Location in 1993.
lobby calls for law on evictions
(March 04, 2005)
A human rights watchdog has asked the Government to formulate a
policy on evictions. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
yesterday said the country lacked a policy on how people should be
evicted, creating room for the abuse of the eviction process.
body to act on evictions
(4th March 2005) A human rights organisation is working on a
policy document to control the eviction of squatters by the
plea as leaflets circulate
(4th March 2005) Leaflets threatening members of a certain
community with death are circulating in parts of Nakuru District.
assaulted with fire and axe
(03 March 2005) The Mau Forest Complex in Rift
Valley, threatened by excisions, illegal felling of trees and
encroachment now faces its greatest danger from huge fires that
erupted in the past week.
demonstrations in Kenya lead to dozens of arrests
(March 03 2005) Chaos greeted the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
mini-ministerial conference yesterday as lobby groups tried to
invade the venue in Mombasa's South Coast.
Six Kanu MPs
in forest land division case
Six Kanu MPs were yesterday
enjoined in a suit challenging the Government's decision to excise
key forests in 2001. The six who included Baringo
Central MP Gideon Moi, Charles Keter, Moses Cheboi, Sammy Ruto,
William Boit and Sammy Koech were enjoined as interested parties.
EVICTED DESPITE COURT ORDER
(03.03. - 13.07.2005) A
compilation from 03.03.2005 to 13.07.2005 ...
Eviction in Narok
(01. March 2005, 14h00 EAT) Ogiek too were evicted during the current crack-down on forest squatters
in the South Mau Forest. Hundreds of Ogiek of Enoosupukia Narok are now camping at the catholic mission at
Enoosupukia. More than 500 Armed Police officers have been deployed in the area. Children and women are all living at the mission for fear of being killed by the police following the government notice for all to quit state forests and trust
Kenya: Police brutally thwart anti-globalisation protest - Update
on arrests of anti-WTO protesters in Kenya: According to local
reports a total of 53 people had been arrested in connection with
a legal and notified, peaceful protest against the so called
"mini-ministerial" meeting of the WTO in Diani, Kenya.
43 people were kept in the police cells overnight and 39 people,
who appeared in front of the Magistrate judge this morning, were
given bail under the condition of a bond of 10.000 Kenya Shilling.
end link between aid and privatisation
(March 2, 2005) Britain is to announce that it will no longer urge
poor countries to privatise large swaths of industry or open their
markets to foreign trade overnight as a condition for receiving
Code of conduct for judicial officers released
(1th March 2005) A code of conduct for judiciary officers has been
released. Failure to adhere to it will lead to disciplinary action including
dismissal, said Chief Justice Evan Gicheru yesterday. It is named the Judicial Service Code of Conduct and
goes to court claiming sheep ranch
(March 01, 2005) A group of Narok residents want the Purko Sheep
Ranch declared theirs.
downpour helps put out forest fires
(March 01, 2005) A heavy downpour in the North Rift put out
fires in four forests in Uasin Gishu and Trans Nzoia districts
starts process to cancel 12,000 title deeds
(February 28, 2005) Kenya last week started a process that could
lead to the cancellation of an estimated 12,000 title deeds for
illegally acquired public land by setting up a five-man Special
Advisory Task force that will dig up evidence to be presented
before a National Tribunal.
crisis rooted in political patronage
(February 28, 2005) The NARC government inherited a crisis of
monumental proportions related to loss of confidence in title
deeds. The Kanu regime had perfected the art of using public land
to reward loyalty and pay political debts.
unearth Britain’s dirty war against Mau Mau
(February 26, 2005) Studies by two
Western historians show colonial Britain used mass detention
without trial, sadistic violence and bent justice far more than
previously believed to suppress the revolt.
Kikuyu families invade minister’s ‘idle land’
(February 25, 2005) Residents of Elburgon town yesterday engaged
police in running battles and invaded a farm owned by Trade
Assistant Minister Petkay Miriti.
Mahiu: Maasai leaders protest at killings
(February 25, 2005) Maasai leaders, led by National Assembly
Speaker Francis ole Kaparo, yesterday said they were horrified and
shocked at the shooting of members of their community in Mai Mahiu
by the police.
Ogiek vow to defy govt order
(February 23, 2005) MORE
than 3,000 members of the Ogiek community living in Narok district
have vowed to defy the government’s directive to move
out of Mau complex forest .
Kenya's struggle to save forests
(22.02.2005) As more than 100 environment ministers meet in Nairobi,
the Kenyan government is under growing pressure to try to conserve
the environment as well as provide job opportunities for its people.
PRESS STATEMENT TO ALL
(22.02.2005) 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 cabinet’s decision to protect and stop the wanton
destruction of the Mau forest.
moves to save forests from further destruction
(February 21, 2005) The Cabinet yesterday moved to curb
the continued destruction of forests and ordered the immediate
eviction of illegal settlers from Mau forest within Rift Valley
Fallout casts shadow over
(February 21, 2005) The president's critics are
incensed that it took Githongo's resignation to jostle him into
action - Against all odds, the Central Bank
of Kenya expects Kenya's economic growth to accelerate to 3 per
cent this year, compared with 2.4 per cent recorded last year.
cuts Kenya anti-graft aid
(19 February, 2005)
Germany has joined the US in suspending funding for Kenya's
increasingly discredited anti-corruption programme. German
ambassador Bernd Braun said changes made to Kenya's cabinet had
not gone far enough to prove President Mwai Kibaki's resolve to
deal with graft.
Theologians Warn of 'False Gospel' on the Environment
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 14, 2005 - In an effort to refute what they call a “false gospel” and to change destructive attitudes and actions concerning the environment, a group of theologians, convened by the National Council of Churches USA, today released an open letter calling on Christians to repent of “our social and ecological sins” and to reject teachings that suggest humans are “called” to exploit the Earth without care for how our behavior impacts the rest of God’s creation.
African treaty to protect forest
(05.02.2005) Leaders of seven African nations have signed a joint
treaty to protect their continent's massive rainforest - second only
to that found in the Amazon basin. They were joined by international
officials as well as French President Jacques Chirac in the
Congolese capital, Brazzaville.
Kenyans must call for action against corrupt officials
(04 Feb 2005) The Law Society of
Kenya yesterday asked Kenyans to stand up and demand that the
Government takes action against corrupt ministers and public
We want our country
returned to the news in a big way this week, with claims of nearly
two dozen new scandals, some of them involving more money than
what is supposed to be the greatest shame of the Narc government -
the Anglo Leasing scam.
protest against eviction
(04 Feb 2005) Over 500 members of the
Ogiek community on Wednesday demonstrated against their eviction
from Nkaretta Forest in Mau East, Narok District.
The Ogiek community in Narok
District has threatened to take the law into their own hands to
deal with people destroying Maasai Mau Forest, if the Government
does not stop them.
KENYA: Human rights violations persist - lawyers
NAIROBI, 2 February (IRIN) - Kenyan lawyers said on Tuesday that human
rights violations had continued, despite the government's earlier pledges
that it would strive to entrench respect for civil liberties.
Photo journalist and winner of the Silver
Camera Geert van Kesteren travels around the world looking for
urgent stories. Last year his book about the war in Iraq was
published. In december Geert visisted Kenya to record the struggle
for land rights of the Ogiek. He wrote the following report.
Blamed on Poor Resource Management
(January 31, 2005) THE KENYA government's inability to effectively
manage the country's natural resources may be the root cause of
the recent land and water-related conflicts in various parts of
the country, in which scores of people were killed.
Report: Kimunya 'Can't Cancel' Bad Titles
(January 24, 2005) FRESH DOUBTS have emerged over the commitment
of the Kenya government to implement recommendations by the
commission of inquiry into the irregular allocation of public
land. The doubts were sparked off by recent claims by Lands and
Housing Minister Amos Kimunya that he had cancelled thousands of
illegally acquired land titles.
AND OPNA CONDOLE – KIPKENOI ( A BRAVE OGIEK ELDER)
have received with profound sadness the sudden death of Elder and
leader in the Ogiek struggle the late Kipkenoi, which occurred on
the 24th day of January 2005.
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