November 7, 2013
Community demands title deed for Mau Forest land
section of Mau Forest. At least 33,000 members of the Ogiek community still
living in the Mau Forest Thursday demanded a title deed for the land. PHOTO|FILE.
least 33,000 members of the Ogiek community still living in the Mau Forest
Thursday demanded a title deed for the land.
argued that lack of evidence of ownership of the land denied them the
constitutional right to access the Mau forest complex following the
introduction of stringent laws which prohibit people from entering forests to
perform traditional rituals.
Ogiek, who said the forest was their ancestral home, are hunters and gatherers
and their culture prohibits the destruction of forests, which they consider
is where our people live and we want full ownership so that we can have
long-term developments. This is the land that belonged to our ancestors and
it’s ours,” said Mr Daniel Kobei, the Ogiek people’s development
agency’s executive director.
ensure only individuals from the minority group are registered, Mr Kobei said
they had joined hands with the Ogiek Council of Elders to identify their
claimed imposters who had travelled from neighbouring counties were pitching
tent near the water tower in a bid to be included in the title deed.
we know our people and we are using our elders to document the number of
people in the area. We have a population of 33,000 who include 11,000 adults.”
also called on the government to set up a commission to address the Ogieks’
historical economical, social and political injustices.