In ongoing efforts of advocating for Ogiek’s human and land rights, Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program (OPDP) in collaboration with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) met Ogiek elders in November, 2017 to sensitize them on the status of implementing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ decision on the community’s land rights-related Case.

More than 50 elders summoned from Nakuru, Narok, Kericho, Baringo, Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties attended the November 27th meeting held in Nakuru during which they were updated of the current status of reparation activities.

The meeting preceded the government’s establishment of the 14-member taskforce intended to foresee proper implementation of the decision that the State remedies all violations committed against the community and effect reparations thereto.

Mr Daniel Kobei, OPDP’s Executive Director informed the elders that all proposed reparations had been submitted to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights thereafter forwarded to the African Court for review and declaration.

Mr Kobei said the Community Land Act (2016) provided for issuance of a title deed to a community as long as it provided a community land register authentically indicating people appending ownership to the respective land.

“The Community Land Act requires that a register of people to be provided for any land to be issued with a title deed and must be provided alongside maps of the land in question,” he said.

Mr Kobei was emphatic of importance of profiling Ogiek’s demographics owing to their significance in necessitating reparations.

Ms Lucy Claridge, MRG Legal Director and the community’s lawyer in the concluded Case said the Court’s decision was a milestone in the fight for the Indigenous Peoples’ rights across Africa.

She urged for unity among the unity to ensure success in the implementation of the ruling.

 “We need to combine efforts to ensure the Court Orders are respected,” she said.

In support of Ms Claridge’s sentiments, Joseph Barngetuny, a community elder urged the community to remain united in their cause to regain their rights to land, natural resources, development, religion and culture.


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