Archive 1999

 

KENYA: 

OGIEK NEED YOUR ACTION NOW - FINAL JUSTICE MUST COME NEXT WEEK!

WILD_ROAR, issue 19.06.99 , ECOTERRA Intl.

Thanks to a world-wide protest and a wise judgement, the Nakuru High Court ruled that the injunction against the attempts to evict an Ogiek community of more then 5.000 people from Tinet Forest,
their ancestral homeland, will stand now permanently until the final word in the case is spoken. The timeframe for the injunction would have expired on 18.06.99, if the court would not have made a
decision. The day to day horror and insecurity in the area has now eased a bit and the security forces are at the moment not threatening the people.

Since serious constitutional matters are touched by this case, the High Court judge has referred the case back to the Narobi High Court in Kenya's Capital, where it will be heard in the next week,
pending a decision by the Chief Justice on how many judges will have to preside.

Meanwhile the Minister of Natural Resources of Kenya himself, who is in charge of forests, Cabinet Minister Francis Lotodo, together with several other MPs and as well e.g. Bishop Silas Yego of the
African Inland Church, have been named as grabbers of public land by Kenyas Parliament's Public Investments Committee (PIC).

Local newspapers and the public call this one of the largest land-grabbing scandals ever exposed in Kenya.

The report tabled to Parliament now contains also the recommendation of the committee (PIC): The Government shall revoke all the allocations in question and the Commissioner of Lands shall cancel all title deeds issued as well as the leases given.

Given this development: There is hope for justice in Kenya!

Also for the Ogiek justice shall and must prevail next week at the High Court in Nairobi!

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