Archive 2002


Ogiek anti-excision case deferred as judge warns government attorney
by Sang J. K., Ogiek Welfare Council

(April 23, 2002) The Ogiek of East Mau, clad in their traditional garments, assembled in the High Court of Kenya in Nairobi for the hearing of their application. The case, which has lasted more than a year in court, was deferred for hearing once again.

When the matter came for the chamber hearing, the Kenyan government claimed they had yet to file their replying affidavits and thus could not proceed. The judge questioned the government on this point, noting that the government had had more than a year to turn in the appropriate documents. He further warned the government of a penalty if any hidden reason was found for not filling their papers.

Finally, the judge directed the case to be heard for two hours in the morning in a date yet to be picked that would be acceptable to both parties in the High Court registry. The judge further acknowledged the existence of a fresh suit filed on behalf of three non-governmental organizations by a constitutional lawyer to which the Ogiek are party.

The new dates shall be made public as soon as they are set.