OGIEK EVICTION ALERTS
Open Letter to Security Minister
INTEGRAL PROJECTS (ORIP)
P.O. BOX 741, NAROK KENYA
12th July 2005
THE HON MINISTER,
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT,
RE: EVICTIONS IN THE MAU FOREST
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 forest.
The Hon. Minister, for over a thousand years, the Ogiek people lived in the Mau forest complex and for all these years the forest remained intact. During the colonial period, the British flashed out the Ogiek people in the highland forest of the Mau with no success and legally under the carter land commission of 1933 denied them the right of ownership to their ancestral land, the Mau forest. The succeeding post colonial regimes did not address the Ogiek land issues with the aim of giving legal recognition to their aboriginal title to the Mau forest as their ancestral territory. What the postcolonial regimes did instead was to expropriate Ogiek land to the High and Mighty mainstream communities of this country. To date, the Ogiek still wonder whether they are citizens of this country or from Mars.
The Ogiek are conservationists by nature as their survival depended on nature and they protected the environment. However, today we see these poor people thrown out of their homes at will by succeeding governments without considering their plight as a hunter-gatherer community. It goes without saying that they are suffering because Democracy in Kenya is all about numbers and hence we don't matter anyway.
The non - inclusion of the Ogiek in the on-going evictions in Narok District is a clear indication that our fundamental rights are taken for granted since every action taken has got political connotation.
The trust land under the Narok County Council is held in trust for the people. If the trust land have been invaded what about the original inhabitants? Have you Mr. Minister heard of these people called the Ogiek? And do you care to know?
We maintain as a community that the Mau forest complex as a whole must be protected for the good of the country and even the neighbouring countries, but we must also respect the rights of those indigenous peoples living in this forest and find a lasting solution to their land problems.
We are thus asking you and your counterpart in the Ministry of land to include the Ogiek in the committee formed to look into the trust land issue in Narok District.
We believe we are Kenyans despite our minority status and expect a democratic government to treat her citizens equally. We do not of course, have, our own members of parliament to warrant a meeting like the one you convened yesterday, neither can we be of National Security threat but all we are calling for is justice and respect for our right to our ancestral lands like the rest of Kenyans living in this country.
The forest can never be well managed without involving local communities and educating them on the need to conserve.
Finally, we entirely support the government's decisions to safeguard and protect the beautiful Mau forest complex but remembering those who lived side by side all these years without the slightest destruction. We too the Ogiek people do not want to be destroyed by corrupt regimes under the pretext of conservation.
I am not sure you will read this letter, but someone will read it one day and act upon. I hope you can find time to read it. It will open your eyes to the suffering of the voiceless peoples of the woods.
Long Live the Mau Forest,
Long Live My people, My ancestors, Our people "THE OGIEK"
Signed on behalf of the Ogiek People
CHARLES SAINA SENA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; ORIP
CHAIRMAN OGIEK PEOPLES NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (OPNA)
His Excellency President Kibaki
Minister for Lands
Kenya National Human Rights Commission
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Geneva
Ogiek case postponed
06. July 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.
us from eviction, plead Ogiek
Story by NATION Correspondent
Publication Date: 6/28/2005
Ogiek community members have asked
the Government to spare them from ongoing eviction in Mau Forest.
Their spokesman, Pastor Julius
Ngayami, yesterday said the community's lifestyle was "environmental
friendly" and its members were not to blame for the
destruction of water catchments in Enoosupukia, Narok District.
"The Ogiek are hunters and
gatherers and do not destroy the environment," he said. He
asked the Government to resettle about 100 families who were
evicted from the forest.
"Our children used to attend
Empeuti Primary School but have been left to roam in the villages
after the school was burnt down," the cleric said.
The community had been living in
Marioshoni and Tinet forests in Narok since the colonial times.
Pastor Ngayami said the Ogiek had
no problems with the Government until vast chunks of the Mau were
converted into settlement schemes in the 1990s.
Where is priority? Sanctity for
life or love for property?
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,
ON 21st May 2005, a
contingent of about 50 administration police and hired hoodlums
lead by two district officers raided Beef Research Farm at Lanet,
Nakuru and torched down 51 hovels in which 118 squatter families
lived since 1956.
Earlier a senior
police officer had given orders to ignore security needs of entire
Subukia to dispatch scores of police to guard a private property
that an individual had stolen from hundreds of people.
Equally reminiscent of
bad old days when James Mungai was police chief in Nakuru, the
same officer had sent police officers with fertilizer and seed to
plant for a rich farmer in a piece of land that hundreds of poorer
farmers were claiming to own.
Most people who
watched the incredible spectacle of administration police torching
people’s homes on most TV reacted with shock, disbelief and
wonder how officers of Narc government could perpetrate something
Since I have asked
myself when our President and Internal Security Minister Michuki
watch TV and see what shocks us, does the President call Michuki
to enquire how an abomination like that something so horrible can
happen and does Michuki call his PS or PC Rift Valley to explain
how an abomination like that happened and order that the welfare
of the affected victims and especially old men, women, children
and the sick be taken care of.
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
That poor people
should know better than be squatters on the land desired by the
rich? If the government is silent when its citizens are crying for
help, does it really care for them? Why leaders see their
citizenry in tears why don’t they rush to find out why and
Had it been the houses
of their children, relatives and friends so burnt and demolished,
would they maintain their studious silence and indifference?
Narc came to power to
save our people from the misrule, dictatorship and heartlessness
of Kanu but we have rendered homeless poor squatters that colonial
tyranny and Kanu dictatorship spared for 50 years. What does this
say of Narc government?
When a government that
wants the poor to support and return it to power is asked why it
demolishes their only shelter, it says “private property must be
protected.” So the government burns and demolishes the hovels of
the poor to avail government land they were squatting on to the
rich woman who already owns the big farm that neighbours the
If the government
burns to avail land to the rich, who protects the poor and gives
them shelter? Or are they not worth protecting? Does not the
constitution that empowers the government to protect private
property of the rich also enjoin them to protect the lives of the
poor and their miserable shelter? If so, they will rely on the
Constitution of God – those who have will have more given to
them and those who have little will have even the little they have
taken away from them.
When I see a single
rich person able to bring 50 administration police to evict 118
families from a government farm to increase the amount of land an
individual has, I ask myself, what times are we living in?
governments, after which our government is modelled, were first
formed, it was solely to serve the interests of kings – fight
their wars to conquer territory, protect them from rivals, rob
people’s land for their ownership, tax or take people’s money
for their enrichment and force people to work for them freely. The
government then was primarily composed of soldiers and tax
After the Magna Carta
of 1215, people were gradually able to wrestle governments from
kings and transform them from machines of oppression to
democracies that protect all against crime, guard the country
against foreign invasions, use tax money to serve all, solve
problems of all and dispense justice to all.
Narc government must
not fashion itself after monarchies of old. It must be a democracy.
To function as a democracy however, Narc government must listen to
people and respond to their needs and cries.
A government that does
not listen to the people or answer their cry is not a democracy.
Equally a government that is used by the rich to rob the poor
cannot be a democracy. Kanu governments were unpopular and finally
fell because they became dictatorships that had no ear for the
people and called their cry the voice of frogs that does not stop
cows from drinking water.
By allowing the rich
to use security forces to rob the poor, by turning a blind eye to
their plight and deaf ears to their cry, Narc government is
walking the same slippery slope that Kanu walked and may
ultimately suffer the same demise.
Will Narc redeem
itself by rehabilitating security forces to serve rather than
persecute the poor and punish those of its officers that dare
prostitute themselves to the rich or will it ask as former
president Moi once dismissed the situation with: “let them talk,
they will tire and shut up.”
When frogs in the
river get too many and their cry too loud, even the cows may not
OGIEK CRY FOR
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.
INTEGRAL PROJECTS (ORIP)
Date: June 20, 2005
Hundreds of Ogiek of Enoosupukia (near Narok / Kenya), who had
been camping at the catholic mission Enoosupukia following the
28th February 2005 evictions have been left completely stranded
after the camp was reduced to ashes. More than 200 Armed
Police officers have been deployed in the area.
Children and women are left homeless after the camp they sought
refuge was demolished by the police. The exercise has been dubbed
as “saving the forests and the environment”.
The people affected are mainly the Ogiek who have resided and
lived there since time immemorial.
The police conducting this operation demolished and burnt houses
and destroyed property. These people have thus been left without
shelter, food, clothing and sanitation facilities. There is fear
that there is now a serious likelihood of an outbreak of diseases.
Recent reports indicates that Mpeuti Primary was yesterday,
reduced to ashes destroying property worth thousands of shillings.
It’s alleged that James Meberme, the headmaster of the said
school lost personal property.
The Ogiek Rural Integral Projects (ORIP) would like to bring to
your attention the current situation at Enoosupukia, Narok
The general situation is pathetic and we call upon you to consider
any possible assistance.
Kindly liaise with us on the way forward.
PROGRAMS OFFICER ORIP
Agony over Mau forest evictions
By ERICK OTIENO
AGONY, 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.
millions of shillings, schools and other social facilities within
the area were either closed or destroyed as families who have been
settling in the forest with genuine legal documents were
forcefully evicted. Reports of rape and other forms of physical
abuse against victims were also abound even as the government
stood its ground to continue with the evictions despite a court
order halting the exercise.
On Tuesday, a group of
Kanu MPs moved to court under a certificate of urgency to have the
Narok County Council, the police or other agents barred from
evicting the settlers and cited for contempt for court.
But Lands and Housing
Minister Amos Kimunya and his Office of the President counterpart
William ole Ntimama, have maintained that they will not be
influenced by political factors to look back on the government’s
mandate to protect the country’s natural resources.
Whereas the government
has insisted that the forest is a public utility that needs to be
safeguarded, many have questioned its treatment of the victims who
paid for and even acquired title deeds for the parcels of land.
Of interest has been
the public fury directed at Mr Ntimama, who has been championing
the government’s cause with questions being raised on his
sincerity over the matter. He has been accused of blaming the
former Kanu regime under which the title deeds for the forest was
issued while he was part of it.
The government has,
however, blamed the controversy surrounding the evictions on
political interference from a section of leaders who Mr Kimunya
says are out to reap political capital from the exercise. The
minister has on the other hand been accused of propaganda on the
issue, including referring to the settlers as squatters with a
view to bolster the government’s resolve to clear them from the
But in a rejoinder,
the minister sought to demonstrate the government’s move as well
intended and even asked those being evicted to name individuals
who sold them land in the forest so that they can be helped to get
back their money.
Obey the Law, or
face jail - Land's Minister told
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
Narok/Nairobi - Kenya - 18.06.2005 - WTN - While UNEP's Klaus
Toepfer, a stout supporter of globalization and the WTO - forcing
African Nations more and more into dependencies -, who finances
some of the players behind the forest evictions, just was praising
the efforts of Kenyans to built low-cost housing for those who
already have fallen off the natural life-track and into the hands
of consumerisms and city-dwelling, at least HABITAT's director
Anna Tibaijuka, a Haya lady from Tanzania,
condemned the ongoing evictions in the Mau Forest and challenged
the Kenya government to engage in constructive dialogue with
aggrieved parties - and prior to any such inhuman move like the
ongoing evictions. She
clearly stated that though her organisation advocates the
protection of areas, which are important water catchments, there
is a great need for the government to ensure dialogue and security
of tenure in settlement of its people.
Meanwhile Land's Minister Amos Kimunya, who despite very clear
warnings from the Kenya Judiciary - instructing also him to obey
court orders or face three years in jail - was only found mumbling
on National TV that one would try to find some school places for
the evicted children. Those schools had been burned by
Administration Police based on his instructions, but he seems to
believe only in the PR strategy of modern politicians: Just remain
on your stubborn track and get away with it, because somebody else
will create another havoc elsewhere. "As more outcries
- as more deaf ears!" applies also here and has its impact on
the dwindling consciousness of the international community.
But Mr. Kimunya still seems to not have understood what he is
actually doing; that it is not only the problem of some school
going children of settlers, which were lured into these forests
also with the assistance and compliance of civil servants of his
own ministry, but that in the case of the Ogiek it is the plight
of a whole nation of aboriginal people, which he had attacked with
brutal force, guns and torching squads, and that he thereby causes
his and his President's government to also break several
international laws. That this government is no longer the
government of the people who elected it, became also obvious in
the recent opinion polls. But politics aside - the international
law has mechanisms to deal with such cases, even if it might take
Such operations are the best way to foster civil strive and also
Kenya's Internal Security Minister is not very well advised if he
refuses to meet with elders of indigenous peoples' delegations
concerning these burning issues. Mutual respect, dialogue, free
and prior informed consent must not just be buzz-words but
baseline and outcome of any justified and just process - otherwise
any governance looses its eligibility and finally there will be
war - open or undercover.
The evicted Ogiek, however, have vowed to entrust their lives to
their ancient forests, which made them surviving since Millennia,
and opted to go back there, where they always found peace - deep
in the forests and bamboo thickets, where even the British and
their local askaris had failed to flush them out. Mr. Kimunya
should know that his own brothers also survived similar attacks in
the Aberdares and along the slopes of Kirinyaga (Mt. Kenya)
during colonial times and that the outside
aggressor never can win in the Mau likewise - except maybe if the
whole ancient forest would be cut down, cleared and turned into
guarded tree- and tea plantations of genetically modified
organisms - is that the mid term strategy of the global players,
the corporate clubs and their "conservation"
Two days ago, on the day of the African Child, Mr. Kimunya,
however, turned himself into an icon for the oppression of Ogiek
children, and his only reaction to the worldwide disgust
concerning his operation, was his promise (or rather threat) to
quickly shift the children into strange areas and schools of
communities foreign to them. Would Kenya as a Nation allow that
it's children would forcefully be deported from their lands and
into foreign schools? No? So, why you then force Ogiek children
out of their lands, out of their forests, Mister Minister?
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Narok District Education Officer
Beatrice Makau (centre) and Knut Narok branch chairman Marisin
Ruto (fourth right) inspect a flag allegedly burned by security
officers at Kebenet Primary School in Narok South as they evicted
squatters. Pic by Nehemiah Lagat
say officers raped, robbed them
By Vitalis Kimutai
East African Standard
Thursday June 16, 2005
from Mau forest yesterday claimed security officers raped them.
Policemen and Narok County Council rangers were also accused of
robbing victims of money.
Two elderly women
yesterday narrated their ordeal to journalists even as district
administrators denied knowledge of such incidents.
Officer Benedict Musyoki told The Standard last evening
that the alleged victims were yet to make formal complaints with
the police. He, however, assured that the matter would be
investigated and action taken against the culprits.
Hassan Farah was out of the office when The Standard called
him to comment on the claims.
The women alleged
they were raped at Lelechwet and Koitabai villages in Mulot
Division, Narok South on Sunday.
tearfully narrated how two armed officers took turns to rape her
while holding a gun to her head. She said her attackers then burnt
down her two semi-permanent houses at Lelechwet village. She said
she lost Sh10,000 in cash and other property in the fire.
The other woman
claimed she was raped by three armed policemen at her clinic at
Koitabai trading centre. She said the officers also ransacked the
clinic and stole Sh45,000. They allegedly burnt down the clinic as
But the women said
they had not reported the matter to the police or sought treatment
because they could not leave their children unattended in the cold.
The nearest police
station, they said, was at Mulot trading centre, more than 80
The women were
speaking at Chebitet Primary School, where hundreds of displaced
people are camping.
Towett could not fight tears as he narrated how the armed officers
robbed him of Sh180,000 at Lelechwet village.
Church of Kenya assistant Bishop, the Reverend Paul Leleito
yesterday told journalists that other women and girls also claimed
to have been raped.
through debris at Noosagami Primary School in Narok South.
Property worth millions of shillings went up in smoke after
an eviction squad razed the school.
must leave forest, vows minister
Story by MBURU MWANGI
Publication Date: 06/16/2005
The removal of settlers from Mau
Forest will be implemented fully, despite a court order, Lands
minister Amos Kimunya has said.
Saying the decision was endorsed by
the Cabinet, the minister said no amount of political rhetoric or
crying foul would stop the Government from carrying out its
constitutional mandate of protecting the country's natural wealth
Yesterday, Mr Kimunya said court
orders on the forest had not barred the Cabinet from implementing
the Ndung'u report on land, as they were only directed at the
Narok county council. And while the Government sympathised with
those who were "conned into buying the illegally acquired
forest land", he said, it considered the water-catchments
more important. The government would deal with facts, not emotions,
Said Mr Kimunya: "We
sympathise, especially with schoolchildren who have no idea what
is happening, but we are assessing the situation to see how
quickly we can re-settle them."
He accused some politicians of
playing to the gallery and cameras while those they misled into
buying the land suffered.
He said the demarcation of the
forest was going on, and anybody inside the forest boundary would
have to go.
The minister said that during the
surveying of the trust land that borders the forest, leaders of
group ranches that were the beneficiaries advertently increased
the land by eating into the forest.
"Most titles do not conform to
the law and must be validated. We have no problem with anyone
outside the forest boundaries, but anyone inside the forest must
consider his title as just a piece of paper," he added.
He said most of the settlers knew
that the land they were buying was not genuine, yet they did not
stop to ask themselves about the consequences of their actions.
"We had many people coming
here to ask whether they should buy that land, but we told them
they would do so at their own peril," said the minister.
He said he expected the evicted
settlers to expose those who sold them the land so that
investigations into the illegal acquisition could net the culprits.
Meanwhile, a Kenya National Union
of Teachers official yesterday urged the Government to rebuild
schools demolished during the evictions.
Bomet executive secretary Wilson
Sossion demanded that new schools be equipped afresh before the
pupils and teachers returned.
The children were traumatised, he
said, and expressed the fear that Kenya Certificate of Primary
Education examination candidates and their Form Four colleagues
would not perform well.
Urging the Government to recognise
title deeds and resettle all displaced farmers, Mr Sossion said in
Bomet town: "The side-effects of the evictions will not be
sweet to the Government and the entire country."
But a conservation group from Narok
yesterday welcomed the decision to restore the Mau Forest and save
it from massive destruction.
The group, Friends of Mau
Conservation, urged the Government and the Narok country council
to "forever be vigilant and protect this water catchment area
at all costs".
Led by its chairman Mpatinga ole
Kamoye, the group said it was unfortunate that some leaders to
politicised such an issue of national importance and read malice
where none existed.
Additional reporting by Geoffrey
Rono and Mugo Njeru
Bewildered villagers still in
shock as police evict them from their homes
Story by MBURU MWANGI
Publication Date: 06/15/2005
Residents of Kamung'ei
Village in Mau Forest flee their homes after they were
evicted by police last week.
Photo by William Oeri
two wet exercise books lie abandoned on her desk in her
Standard One class at Sepetet Junior School in Ololulunga
Division, Narok District.
The polythene school bag of
her classmate, Beatrice Chepkoech, also lies on the desk in
The classroom is in a mess as
exercise books are strewn all over amidst broken and partly
burnt desks. No roof covers the room and the windows have
been removed. It is obvious they were ripped off in a moment
The three students and their
200 colleagues from the school fled in panic after a
contingent of police officers from the Rapid Deployment
Unit, the Kenya Police Reserve, game rangers and forest
guards swooped on the school on the afternoon of May 7.
In the village nicknamed
Sierra Leone, most people have taken cover except for the
few souls looking for valuables.
Kamung'ei, for that is
the real name of this place, is deep inside Mau Forest. It became
a booming shopping centre since one of the first inhabitants built
several wooden shops in 2000.
That man was a soldier
who had recently returned from peace-keeping duties in the real
Sierra Leone. Other businesses were built, including the school
and many landless residents of Bomet, Kericho and Buret trooped to
the area when the trust land under Narok council was sub-divided
to the various group ranches. They bought this land after it was
Mr Hilary Koech, who
settled in Kamung'ei four years ago and started a butchery and a
wholesale shop called Hilarious, says life in the area had been
happy for people who never thought they would own a piece of land.
He cannot quite fathom
the recent events when security forces swooped on them, leaving
him with a loss of more than Sh50,000 in destroyed merchandise.
Although, the contingent
of armed men did not destroy all buildings, they set some houses
on fire "as a warning of what would follow if we did not heed
orders and decamp," Mr Koech said.
They were only given
three hours to bring down their buildings and vacate the land they
had come to believe was theirs.
decided not to resist and each family started pulling down its
house to cushion themselves against further losses in case
bulldozers were called to the site.
But in some schools,
like Sepetet, the police torched the buildings even as the
terrified pupils looked to their teachers for an explanation
before taking to their heels for a journey to nowhere.
Ms Alice Langat, a
mother of two, was only able to save a few belongings, which
included seven chickens. Her husband carried the chickens while
she trudged along with her two sons, a heavy bag on her back.
From their Nyamira Ndogo
Village home, they had to walk 30km to the Narok-Bomet road at
Ololulunga divisional headquarters from where they could board a
matatu to Mulot.
Bomet and Mulot is where
many, especially women and children, are seeking refugee. The men
remain behind to salvage and take away whatever they can.
From Ololulunga to
Nyamira Ndogo, from Ololulunga to Olmenyeku, troops of displaced
families trudge on, some with their livestock.
Mzee Joseph Sigei, 70,
Mr Joseph Bii, 53 and Mr Joseph Mitei, 45 all tell tales of woe
and loss for which they were unprepared.
Kamung'ei villagers at
Sierra Leone Trading Centre in Narok last week.
Photo by William Oeri
found the three Josephs wandering with their livestock on
the road from a village called Sierra Leone wondering where
Mzee Sigei, a
father of 11 children, says he bought his land five years
trust land was adjudicated and sub-divided into various
plots, the members of the ranches came to us in Buret to ask
whether we had any need for land. I bought five acres,"
Later, he sold his
ancestral land and that is now his dilemma as he has nowhere to
go. Most of his children have gone back to Buret to stay with
neighbours. They lament that they were not given notice to quit
and when the security officers ambushed them, it was to give them
three hours to pack and leave.
It is estimated that
more than 20,000 people have so far been evicted from several
parts of the forest like Tergat, Kipchoge, Arorwet and Sierra
A senior administration
official says next in line is Ol Kurto. He says that they were
given three notices, some of which were delivered during public
meetings. More than 10 public and private primary schools and
three secondary schools, with a student population of about 5,000
have been closed as students flee the wrath of security forces
enforcing the eviction order. The schools include public ones like
Oleshepan, Kitopen, Ororwet, Osongoroi, Olseilot and Enakishomi.
But even as they flee,
they are demanding that the Government ensures they are
compensated since it was the Government that granted them the land
And even as the
Government faces up to the fact that the catchment area must be
guarded to save the millions of people depending on it, it must
face up to the bitter truth about the rightful ownership.
Prior to the issuance of
title deeds, the same council wrote the group ranches about the
boundary between the council forest and the group ranches on which
those evicted bought land. One of the letters dated June 22 to
Sisiyian Group Ranch and signed on behalf of the clerk by Mr Isaac
Partoip says: "Following a visit by council officials,
district surveyor, district forest officer, land adjudication and
settlement officer between 19 to 22 June, 2000, it was established
that your boundary line reaches Amala River where latitude 9920
crosses longitude 792.
It has, therefore, been
confirmed that the group ranch did not encroach into council
forest. This letter will therefore serve as a "no objection"
and you can go ahead and sub-divide and develop your ranch."
The victims says it was
on the strength of this letter that they were able to acquire
title deeds. There were two court orders barring the council and
the Government from evicting the settlers and which the council
reporting by Joseph Kimani
destruction spells doom for many
Story by MBURU MWANGI
Publication Date: 06/15/2005
The destruction of the
400,000-hectare Mau complex – Kenya's largest forest – spells
doom for millions of people.
As a mountain forest, it is one of
the five main "water towers" – the others being Mt
Kenya, the Aberdares, Mt Elgon and Cherangany hills.
The Mau complex forms the upper
catchment of all but one main rivers west of the Rift Valley. They
include the Nzoia, Yala, Nyando, Sondu (key to a power-generation
project), Kerio, Molo, Mara and Ewaso Nyiro.
According to a report by Unep, the
Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forests Working Group, the
complex feeds such major lakes as Victoria, Turkana, Baringo,
Nakuru and Natron.
Victoria, Turkana and Natron are
cross-boundary. Victoria, shared by the three East African
countries, feeds the Nile which snakes its way through the Sudan
into the Mediterranean Sea.
Lake Turkana is shared between
Kenya and Ethiopia, while Natron stands on the Tanzanian border.
The report, a wake-up call to
protect the Mau, shows the major conservation features made
possible by the forest, including the South Turkana national
reserve with a scenic landscape and wildlife.
There are then the Kerio Valley
national reserve, Lake Baringo with an estimated 470 bird species,
the Lake Nakuru national park, considered the second most visited
protected area important for bird life; Lake Natron, the main
flamingo breeding area in the Rift Valley; the Maasai Mara
national reserve – world-famous for big game, great migrations
and bird life; the Serengeti national park, a world heritage site
and world-famous for big game and migrations; and the Kakamega
forest national reserve – the only one remaining in Kenya of the
Guinea-Congolese forest ecosystem.
The reserve also has a great
diversity of birds, butterflies and plants.
A large number of Kenyans live in
the Lake Victoria basin, crossed by major rivers flowing from the
The complex also provides
environmental services essential to crop production, including a
continuous water flow, favourable climate conditions and many
products such as medicinal plants, firewood and grass.
buried in politics
Story by MBURU MWANGI and JOSEPH KIMANI
Publication Date: 06/15/2005
Although the eviction
of settlers from Mau Forest in Narok South was meant
to protect it from degradation, the exercise has
become more of a battle for political supremacy.
On the one end is
Cabinet minister William ole Ntimama, the MP for
Narok North, while on the other is his rival, Mr
Stephen ole Ntutu, the MP for Narok South. Mr Ntutu
is backed by other Kanu MPs from Kericho, Buret and
Bomet districts and a Cabinet minister, Mr John
degradation of the forest has been a thorny issue.
It brought together several environmental NGOs to
form a lobby to save the forest.
However, the real
issue has been overshadowed by the political duel
going on between the politicians.
Even as the battle
rages, at least five rivers which derive sustenance
from the forest are reported to have dried up.
Key rivers in the area
include the Mara, which runs across the world-famous
Maasai Mara game reserve, Sondu Miriu, the life
behind the electricity-generating Sondu Miriu
project and the Ewaso Nyiro, which feeds communities
in parts of Central and North Eastern provinces.
The migration of wild
animals from the Maasai Mara game reserve has also
been blamed on the destruction of the Mau Forest.
But as political heat
continues to draw all the attention, the real issues
of the destruction of the environment on the one
hand and the right to ownership of property on the
other remain untackled.
Mr Ntimama last week
accused the previous government of abetting the
degradation of the forest although he was an
influential minister in that government but never
raised his voice then.
While he based his
case on the long-term effect of the settlement, his
opponents, including Mr Ntutu and his Bomet
counterpart, Mr Nick Salat, addressed the issue from
a humanitarian point of view.
They were concerned
about the suffering of those evicted and who, they
said, had nowhere else to go. They said that the
victims had been denied their right to property
because most of them had title deeds for the land
from which they were being thrown out.
Indeed, there were
two court orders barring the Narok county council
and the Government from evicting the residents.
Most of the land in
question was trust land belonging to several group
ranches in Narok but which, after authority to
sub-divide the land was given, were sold to
individuals who occupied the land until they found
themselves entangled in the controversy that
eventually led to their eviction.
Government and the Narok council claimed that the
land was sub-divided illegally and fraudulently and
that they knew the big names involved in the
allocation, no one has been arrested or arraigned in
court for the alleged offence.
Last week, a senior
administration official only said that a leading
suspect and several councillors would be arrested
over the saga. That is yet happen.
accused of rape and theft during eviction
Story by JOSEPH KIMANI and GEOFFREY RONO
Publication Date: 06/15/2005
As the Government announced that it
had successfully evicted nearly 10,000 people from Mau forest in
Narok, allegations of rape and extortion were made against some
officers by the squatters.
The officers were brutal and some
of them were involved in criminal activities during the eviction,
claimed the Rev Paul Leleito of the African Gospel Church of
He asked the Government to ensure
the eviction was conducted humanely.
A 40-year-old mother of three at
Chebitet Primary School claimed that four administration officers
dragged her into a maize plantation, raped her in turns and robbed
her of Sh10,000, the proceeds of two heifers she had just sold.
Livestock trader Joseph Towett of
Lelechwet Village claimed officers beat him up and took his
Sh180,000 and Mr Andrew Tonuin of Kapkunia said he lost Sh10,000
to another group of officers.
Others who alleged to have been
robbed by the eviction squad included Mr Isaac Biondo, who lost
Sh30,000, Mr Richard Bett, Sh10,800 and Mr William Chepkulul,
The officer in charge of Mulot
police station could not be reached for comment but an official,
who declined to be named, said he had received the complaints but
said the victims had not recorded statements.
Bishop Johnson Kiptonui of the
Church of Christ echoed the Rev Leleito's charge and asked the
Government to tread carefully lest it sparks a resurgence of
tribal skirmishes in Narok.
Nearly 10,000 people were evicted
from the forest, said Mr Hassan Farah, the district commissioner,
The two-week operation had removed
9,200 illegal squatters which, according to the DC, was a success.
The eviction team would now move to
Kiraba in the neighbouring Narok North constituency, where 200
people were targeted, he said.
During the Mau operation, conducted
by Rapid Deployment Unit, administration and regular police, Kenya
Police Reserve and forest guards, 2,608 houses were pulled down,
including those at eight primary schools.
Speaking during World Environmental
Day celebrations, the DC said 2,721 pupils and teachers would be
moved to schools outside the forest.
He said 68 Standard Eight
examination candidates would be distributed to other schools to
sit their tests "comfortably".
The DC gave the names of the
schools as Kenet, Chebbitet, Ngosagami, Koitabai, Kitoben,
Kabaraka and Entianet.
More than half of the 58 hectares
of council trust land forest were destroyed, said the DC. The
Government forest reserve covered 72 hectares, he said.
The council forest had suffered
destruction in which more than nine rivers dried up. This is what
had made the Government intervene by evicting the squatters, said
Though heavily "politicised"
by critics, Mr Farah said, the eviction would continue so that
charcoal burners and loggers were flushed out and the forests were
The DC appealed to all communities
in the district to continue living in harmony and said no
community would be victimised.
Mr Farah asked politicians to stop
using the eviction to further their interests. He said the 50,000
figure of evicted people quoted by some politicians earlier was
evictions, MPs urge Kibaki
By Vitalis Kimutai
East African Standard
Sunday June 12, 2005
Three Members of
Parliament from Rift Valley Province want to meet President Mwai
Kibaki over the on-going evictions in Mau Forest.
The MPs from the
Kalenjin community, including a Cabinet minister, said yesterday
they would demand the suspension of the exercise, which targets
50,000 people in Narok South. Terming the evictions political,
they demanded a lasting solution saying the situation could get
out of hand.
The evictions are
being carried out by Administration Police officers and rangers
from Narok County Council.
Co-operation minister John Koech, Bomet MP Nick Salat and
nominated MP Franklin Bett warned that evicting people from their
farms would re-ignite tribal animosity. Koech said thousands of
people were camping in various trading centres after being kicked
out of their farms, which, he noted, had been acquired legally.
The minister said
he would take the matter before the Cabinet. The MPs were speaking
in Bomet where they addressed area residents.
Salat asked the
President to have the evictions stopped, saying they negated the
government’s policy of reviving the economy.
Bett said more than
4,000 pupils who had registered for the Kenya Certificate of
Primary Education may not sit the examination, as their schools
had been demolished.
The nominated Narc
MP said it was a shame the government was evicting members of the
Kalenjin community from land for which they have title deeds.
Bett said if the
government was genuine about its efforts to conserve the Mau
Forest, it should provide tree seedlings for planting to people
settled in the area.
He advised the
government to initiate massive reforestation programmes as locals
were willing to plant trees on both domestic and commercial scales.
plan for Mau forest
Story by MBURU MWANGI and JOSEPH KIMANI
Publication Date: 6/12/2005
About 10 police posts are to be
built around the Mau forest for its protection, an official told
the Sunday Nation yesterday.
Narok county clerk Stan Ondimu said
they would be manned by game rangers, police reservists,
administration police and guards to make sure nobody evicted from
the forest went back.
The council, the trustee of the
controversial land before it was given out to group ranches, he
said, would hire more rangers to facilitate the forest's
rehabilitation by environmentalists.
A long-term rehabilitation plan was
under way, he added.
Mr Ondimu said people had gone 27
km into the forest although the government forest itself had not
been touched. The affected council land is about 54,000 hectares.
But as the clerk spoke, more than
10 primary and three secondary schools remained closed after their
10,000 students fled from security forces.
More than 30,000 residents will
have been evicted when the exercise is completed.
The evictions come in the wake of
complaints by environmental groups that the degradation of the
forest has caused some rivers to dry up.
The forest's catchment area
supports at least nine major rivers, including the Mara, which
traverses the world-famous Maasai Mara game reserve.
The rivers serve more than 20
million people in East Africa, since most of them empty their
waters into Lake Victoria. They also support wildlife and
However, the evictions have been
roundly condemned, especially by MPs from Bomet, Bureti and
Kericho districts, who term them inhuman and brutal.
Most of the settlers in the
controversial land are originally from the three districts.
Yesterday, Cabinet minister John
Koech and MPs Nick Salat and Franklin Bett urged the Government to
suspend the operation until a better way of solving the problem
They said it was unfortunate that
people with title deeds were being evicted from land they had
legally acquired from group ranches and individual residents.
Addressing a rally in Bomet town,
the leaders appealed to President Kibaki to help the people whose
houses had been burnt and their property destroyed.
They criticised a Narok politician
they did not name for instigating the evictions on the pretext
that they had illegally settled in vital water catchment areas.
Mr Bett said that since the
evictions started, 4,255 children from 16 primary schools were at
home. Many families had been made homeless and were camping at
trading centres, while others were being accommodated at
relatives' homes in Bomet and Bureti.
But Cabinet minister William ole
Ntimama has supported the evictions, saying this is the only way
to stop the forest's destruction.
But Kabete MP Paul Muite said Mr
Ntimama had no moral authority to accuse the former government of
illegally allocating the land when he was part of it. Former Narok
South MP Samson ole Tuya and 50 other local leaders also supported
evictions ruffle many feathers
Story by GEOFFREY RONO
Publication Date: 6/12/2005
What may have initially seemed like
routine eviction of squatters from the Mau forest complex is
threatening to turn into a highly complicated and potentially
explosive ecological, ethnic and political issue.
The area MPs – Mr Stephen ole
Ntutu and Cabinet minister William ole Ntimama – are at
loggerheads over the matter.
Mr Ntutu, whose family sold some of
the land in contention to settlers from Kericho and the Gusii
districts, accuses Mr Ntimama of muscling in on the issue to
undermine him politically.
Kericho, Bomet and Bureti MPs claim
that Mr Ntimama is playing up ethnic division between the
indigenous residents and the immigrant communities and warn of a
resurgence of ethnic clashes.
Meanwhile, the Government claims to
be concerned about the environment, accusing the settlers of
interfering with an important water catchment area.
Land claims nullified
When, about 30 years ago, the
Kericho, Bomet, Bureti, Kisii, Gucha and Nyamira settlers moved
into Narok and bought farms, they could never have suspected the
problems they were storing up for the future, or that the
Government would one day nullify their claims to land ownership.
Many of the settlers from the
neighbouring Bomet and Kisii districts had relinquished what land
they might have had in their native homeland and moved to make new
homes in Narok.
In their new settlement, they
bought huge tracts of land from the residents, who sold farms that
had been designated as group ranches.
As part of the deals at the time,
the Narok county council gave out letters of "no objection"
to allow the subdivision of the ranches, and title deeds were
issued by the Government to the new settlers.
In the end, it is estimated that
more than 50,000 new families settled in Narok South. In memory of
their former homes, some gave some of the areas they occupied
names carried over from the lands of origin.
The settler families soon started
building schools and churches and establishing shopping centres.
In the last few weeks, all these
structures have been flattened or torched by law enforcement
officers and people from the Narok county council in what the
Government calls a move to protect the endangered Mau forest
By mid-last week, more than 5,000
houses and several granaries had been destroyed and the residents
made homeless or internally displaced people.
Fate of 1,300 pupils
Among the affected farms are
Segemia, Tendwet, Nyamira Ndogo, Sierra Leone, Mekenyu, Sogoo and
As a result, the fate of more than
1,300 pupils, including Kenya Certificate of Primary Education
examination candidates, is unknown. Narok district commissioner
Farah Hassan maintains that the exercise will continue until all
the people the Government regards as squatters who have encroached
on the expansive Mau forest are evicted.
Mr Hassan says squatters have
depleted the forest cover and have frustrated government efforts
to conserve the environment. He said the government had been left
no alternative but to have the squatters moved on once and for
Cabinet minister William ole
Ntimama, the who hails from the neighbouring Narok North MP,
constituency has lent his support to the Government move to evict
people settled at the Mau forest region saying their settlement
had caused havoc onto the forests.
Mr Ntimama has indicated that he
would like the settlers evicted swiftly, as he blames them for the
destruction of the environment. He wants them sent back to their
Said the minister as the settlers
were being evicted: "There are forests in Bomet District, go
and destroy them and leave the Maasai forests alone."
Mr Ntimama added that he would
mobilise all councillors from Narok District to move in and ensure
that all the squatters were evicted out as soon as possible.
However, his Narok South
counterpart Mr Stephen ole Ntutu, whose constituency hosts most of
the settlers, has accused the minister of being behind the
evictions in a bid to undermine him in the constituency Narok
Mr Ntutu said his family sold some
of their land to some of the families being evicted and that they
had legally acquired title deeds for the land parcels.
Exclaimed Mr Ntutu: "What is
this madness? The Government is now saying our farm was part of
the Mau forests."
He at the same time accused the
Narok district commissioner of being used to disobey court orders
refraining him and the police officers from carrying out the
exercise merely to undermine his leadership.
Mr Ntutu maintained that the DC was
applying double standards in the eviction and warned him not to
gamble with his constituents' lives.
It was Mr Ntutu who invited nine
others his fellow MPs from the Opposition party Kanu, representing
some of the areas where the settlers migrated from, had originally
come from to witness the evictions.
The Kanu MPs faulted the eviction
and condemned the Government for being insensitive to the plight
of its citizens. Kanu MPs who toured most of the affected areas
warned that if the Government was not ready to protect the lives
of the families being evicted, they would mobilise them to protect
Also tagging along
They included Mr Nick Salat (Bomet),
Mr Paul Sang (Bureti), Mr William Ruto (Eldoret North), Mr Joseph
Lagat (Eldoret South), Mr Joseph Korir (Mogotio) and Mr Samuel
Others were Mr Musa Sirma (Eldama
Ravine), Mr Jim Choge (Aldai) and Mr Antony Kimeto (Sotik).
Also tagging along was former
Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto, who in 1998 openly clashed with Mr
Ntimama on a similar issue. The MPs argued that the Government had
no business dishonouring the title deeds it had previously issued
to the evicted settlers.
They at the time called for the
arrest of Mr Hassan and the local police officers for ignoring a
court order issued by the High Court on June 2, stopping the
evictions until the application filed by some of the affected
families was heard on June 14.
As the MPs toured the affected
regions, they encountered thousands of settlers who had fled their
homes carrying whatever they could salvage after the evictions.
The Kanu MPs accused Mr Ntimama of crusading against members of
the Kipsigis community and suggested that this time it would be
the minister who would have to "lie low like an envelope"."
The visiting MPs said the families being evicted had no
alternative homes to move to adding, "they will move from
Narok only when they are headed to heaven"."
But the Government said the MPs
should tread carefully while conducting the exercise as the move
could easily touch off tribal skirmishes.
from Kenya squatter eviction
- Update -
- when the Bulls fight the Grass
Narok / Kenya - WTN - 12. June 2005 - As Ogiek women and children
flee the area of indiscriminate mass eviction in the neighbourhood
of Narok town in South-Western Kenya and suffer from the invasion
by the "Kenya-Government Tribe" , it becomes more and
more clear, who is fighting with whom over what. Certain tribes
belonging to the Maasai on the one side and the nilotic Kalenjin
group of tribes on the other are fighting over what never has been
theirs - the Mau Forest, traditional habitat of the Ogiek. Even
the Kenyan mainstream media fall now into the propaganda traps and
start terming certain parts of South Mau Forest as "Masai
Mau", a land title reflected by no official map or land
register ever. The map on the wall of the District Forest Officer
in Narok only shows that a hardly literate hand smeared MASAI MAU
over a certain stretch of forest near Narok town.
The historical mistake of the Ogiek might only have been that they
had been too friendly to the invading and ever expanding hordes,
including the colonial forces, because they believed that they
themselves could better survive, if they stay peaceful in their
forests. With the corporate and aid sponsored "Kenya
tribe" - the Government - now on the scene and an ever
growing interest of the neighbouring majority tribes in expansion
mode, this traditional way to avoid conflict will not work any
longer for the Ogiek.
Going deeper into the forest will also not save the Ogiek this
time, since the forest dwellers are soon after out on the other
side of the shrunk forestland, which has been hammered on by
thieving timber industry and agricultural ventures since 50 years
without any halt by governance. Together the exploiters of the Mau
never gave a damn about the aboriginal minority peoples' interests
and needs. While projects like KIFCON (Kenya Indigenous Forest
Conservation Project), which respected the Ogiek for their role
they have to play in forest protection, were forcefully halted by
the former government of President Moi, today President Kibaki's
governance still has not found the just approach to the problems,
but merely slingers in a PR driven mode between the glamorous
"conservation" and corporate "business" events
of the growing number of influential city dwellers among his
population, who just cry out for more and more resources and more
and more money.
While claiming to safeguard the environment and to pacify the two
ethnic and three political majority groups who battle over the
land and forests, foreign sponsored "Conservation" and
"State Security" entities work hand in hand in what can
only be termed a concerted ethnocide against the Ogiek.
The struggle for the protection and rehabilitation of the Mau
forest can not succeed by just dishing out shares of influence to
aggressive new invaders or corporate players, who have a certain
political cloud but only monetary interests. The battle for a
better future for all and an intact forest ecosystem can only be
won in a just process and together with the original inhabitants
of the Mau forest - the Ogiek.
The genuine Ogiek, who now or earlier were evicted together with
the hordes of invading squatters, must be respected in their
constitutional and traditional rights, allowed to return to their
forest homeland and helped to rebuild their burned houses as well
as their ever impoverished but now also scattered lives, since -
not at least - the Ogiek are the true conservators of these
INTEGRAL PROJECTS (ORIP)
P.O. BOX 741, NAROK KENYA
Date: June 10, 2005
MAU FOREST EVICTIONS
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.
Despite the fact that the Ogiek are the original inhabitants and the territorial owners of the Mau forest, they continue to suffer in the hands of Kenyan authorities.
The government has not come up with clear eviction policies and on housing rights hence contravening the constitution of Kenya.
We are appealing to our government to reconsider its decision and spare the Ogiek further harassment and eviction. We further appeal to our friends to pressure the government to respect indigenous peoples rights as enshrined in International Covenants and Instruments some of which Kenya is signatory.
CHARLES SAINA SENA,
Indigenous 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.
Reason: The Ogiek are the original inhabitants of the Mau forest complex, which is the largest remaining forest in Kenya and thereby not only very important for the water supply to needy citizens elsewhere, but a key asset for the billion dollar water, tea farming, coke and beer breweries' industries.
Brutal businesses, which from down under invade and denude the Mau forest of its timber since decades or from the top even dare to call and camouflage themselves as "Conservation Corporations" conspire with political megalomaniacs who lead only the expansionist interests of their own relatives
Please see the open letter from the Ogiek below and go to http://www.ogiek.org/action/index.htm
for more details and a letter of protest (ACTION) with which you are kindly requested to express your view and outrage over the eviction of aboriginal peoples from their ancestral homeland, the persecution of whole families of Ogiek and the torching of their houses by government forces.
BONA FIDE HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR
|P.O BOX 12069
RE: KINDLY SAVE THE OGIEK OF KENYA FROM EVICTION:
This is to bring the above subject into your concern.
The Ogiek are the remaining forest dwellers who reside in Mau complex per history before 1900. These comprises of Narok South, Nakuru and Mt. Elgon. The Ogiek are the caretakers of fauna and flora since time memorial. They suffered through the previous regime hence voted you as “Kibaki Tosha” 2002. The Ogiek are supporting your decision in condemning and fighting corruption within all sectors of the Republic. Congratulations for your entire effort as the president as you even promised the Ogiek in Tinet for the title deeds last year.
Despite them having no members of parliament of their own, nor nominated neither spokesman, they rely on the provincial administration to reach your office for their grievances.
Cry for justice
Recently the Narok District commissioner Mr. Farah Hassan deployed administrative police, forest guards and Narok county council security to torch and or burn their homes and houses. The affected areas are Enaikishomi former group ranch number 115 with approx. 300 title deeds and Nkaroni former group ranch number 118 with approx. 1,000 title deeds. The DC didn’t consult the elders from the area hence officers rushing anyhow torching their houses.
The two ranches are the Ogiek reserves allocated to them through land adjudication. The government surveyors and the minister of land issued the community with title deeds after the whole process was implemented.
By torching their houses, slaughtering animals, burning of schools etc. the DC is staining the reputation and or the image of your government in the observation of human rights law.
Some Maasai groups like ‘Friends of Mau forest conservation Association’ are seriously fundraising money and inciting pressure to the perpetrators to evict only Ogiek. This association and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) or is it Frog pretends to protect Mau but in real sense they are the targeted beneficial.
Only Ogiek groups have been the targets of displacement as the association have raised more than Kshs 500,000 to facilitate the same. Hence the big question is: Why as the government neglected this community and back the Maasai? Why all this sort of injustices on human rights violation? Is it due that the Maasai have got the Minister and the MPs while this small community have got no post in your government at all?
(1) The Ogiek community has got nowhere else to go except to remain in their ancestral land with their title deeds.
(2) We can not rule out the possibility of clashes, if the whole matter is overlooked and is not addressed. So kindly take serious measures in advance.
(3) Hon. William Ole Ntimama is the main culprit who incites the Provincial Administration to evict the Ogiek in Enoo Supukia, Sasimwani, Nkaroni and Enaikishomi
(4) The Minister should come clean and declare that the Kikuyu, the Kipsigis and the rest of the tribes should keep off setting foot in Narok, with the intention to live or buy land in Narok districts.
(6) Kindly provide the Ogiek with such positions as DC’s, D.O’s. in your government.
(7) The Mau forest should remain the Ogiek home henceforth
(8) Kindly stop the ongoing eviction by Narok county council and act on the Ndung’u recommendations besides giving Kenyans a new constitution,
Lastly but not least, Sir, the Ogiek are kindly requesting for your protection from the hands of the butchers of Kenya.
Hoping for your urgent response soon.
BONA FIDE HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR
For the undersign.
1. John Koipitat Sena.
2. Daniel Sulunye
3. Simon Sena
4. Moses Rana
5. Johnstone Kipterer
6. Joseph Mapelu
1. Ambassador Muthaure – Secretary to the cabinet
2. Kiraitu Murungi - Min. Justice & Constitutional; Affairs
3. Maina Kiai – Chairman Kenya Human Rights Commission
4. Amos Wako – Attorney General
5. Michuki John – Min. Incharge of Security & Provincial Administration.
6. Kalonzo Musyoka – Min. For Environmental & Natural Resources
7. Amos Kimunya – Min. For Lands & Housing
8. Uhuru Kenyatta – Opposition Leader
9. Ndingi Mwana Nzeki – Catholic Archbishop
10. Permanent secretary - Office of the President
11. Amb. Rey Kyles – British High Commissioner
12. Amb. Bellamy - American Ambassador
13. Wilfred Ndolo – Provincial Commissioner (Rift Valley)
14. Kitonyi Joseph – P.P.O
15. Elizabeth Munyweru – P.C.I.O. (Rift Valley)
16. Chairman – Narok County Council
17. Clerk – County Council
18. D.C. Hassan – Narok District.
please go to http://www.ogiek.org