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
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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