Ogiek declaration - July 27, 2007




We, the undersigned Ogiek community leaders and representatives from Narok, Nakuru and Mt. Elgon do hereby make a declaration to protect the interests of Ogiek people.

Affirming that Ogiek people are indigenous people/ minority who are entitled to enjoy the basic human rights as contain in the constitution of Kenya and international legal instruments.

Further affirming that the Ogiek people have been marginalized since colonial times to date and no effort has been made to safeguard their interest.

The leaders do hereby make the following declaration to the government of Kenya, the media fraternity and other policy planners: 

1. That the Ogiek people are distinct people with their unique identity (culture, language etc) and NOT a SUB TRIBE of ANY tribe hence demands for recognition, respect and be assigned a national code

2. That they have the right to participate in decision- making in matters which would affect their rights both in parliament and provincial administration, through our own chosen representatives in accordance with our own procedures, and develop our own Ogiek decision- making institutions.

3. That we have the right to our ancestral land, territories and resources which we have traditionally owned, occupied, used and managed and therefore demands the return and restoration of our land taken illegally or lost.

4. That we Ogiek people have the right to conserve and protect our environment and benefit from its products 

5. That the Ogiek people have the right to maintain, control, and protect our cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions and to hold and celebrate their cultural day/ event yearly.

6. A declaration that all places, areas e.g. forest, centers, schools, rivers e.t.c that had original Ogiek names which have been replaced with non-Ogiek names be restored with immediate effect. The state shall take measures in conjunction with Ogiek to ensure that Ogiek names are restored.

7. That Ogiek people, particularly children have the right to all (quality) levels and forms of education of the state without any discrimination. This includes providing in their own language i.e. in a manner appropriate to their cultural teaching and learning.

8. That the state shall consult and cooperate in good faith with Ogiek people through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and inform consent prior to the approval of project affecting their lands or territories and other resources.

9. A declaration that Ogiek people are the first nation of Kenya.

10. A declaration that any body that uses willingly and intentionally the Ogiek name i.e. masquerading, YET he or she knows is not an Ogiek for self gain e.g. securing employment or acquiring land or any other thing shall be treated as a criminal offence.

11. That we demands with immediate effect creation of our own district and constituency with our own administrators and resources. 

1.   Saaya Kilaya
2.   Joseph Satiety
3.   James Rana
4.   Mindore Leonard
5.   Judy Nangol
6.   Rorian Cherono
7.   Daniel Kobei
8.   Kiplangat Cheruiyot
9.   Benjamin Kobei
10. Patrick Kuresoi
11. Joyline Chepokasit
12. Lenox Mailoji
13. Benson Mburuo
14. Joseph Sang
15. David Cheriro
16. Regina Chepkoech
17. Lesing Zacheous
18. Kiuwape Simon
19. Saibala Cosmas
20. Sanguya John
21. Valentine Sang
22. Christopher kipkones

Ogiek rights are human rights