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Friday, May 28, 1999

Ogiek group in plea for security

By NATION Correspondent

The 5,016-member Ogiek community given a 14-day quit notice from Tinet settlement scheme have petitioned the government to protect them against alleged external harassment.

They claimed some people from Keringet area were raiding their homes at night.

Mr Joel Busienei said one house was broken into and 11 iron sheets stolen at Sotiki village.

"The government should protect our property from these aggressors, failing which we will take up arms and fight back."

At a meeting held at Sotiki Primary School on Wednesday, the residents said they had a court injunction restraining the government from evicting them.

The government had two weeks ago issued a 14-day notice to the community to vacate the scheme to pave the way for reforestation.

The High Court, sitting in Nakuru, issued an injunction on May 20 barring the Attorney-General, the Rift Valley PC, the provincial forest chief and the Nakuru DC from effecting the eviction.

Nakuru Resident Judge David Rimita issued the order in an application filed by Ogiek lawyer Joseph Sergon. The matter would be heard inter-partes on June 4.

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