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Major stride for Ogiek Community as 3rd edition Bio-Cultural Protocol Book is launched

The Edition highlights various key aspects of the Ogiek Community among them; identity, special relation with land and forests, eco-climatic zones for the community, and traditional knowledge.

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The launch of the 3rd edition Bio-Cultural Protocol Book at a Nakuru Hotel on July 14,2021.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The Ogiek Community in Kenyan on Wednesday made another major stride in an effort to safeguard their rights and culture as they launched 3rd Edition of the Ogiek Community Bio-Cultural Protocol Book.

The Edition highlights various key aspects of the Ogiek Community among them; identity, special relation with land and forests, eco-climatic zones for the community, and traditional knowledge.

Other aspects captured include the Ogiek Community way of life(Economic activities), system of governance and decision making,their challenges: evictions, lack of land tenure rights. land loss,Human rights violation,loss of economic means of livelihood, loss of identity, lack of representations, and destruction and degradation of the Mau Forest.

Despite a landmark ruling on 26 May 2017 by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights based in Arusha, Tanzania, that the Kenyan government had violated the rights of the Ogiek people by repeatedly evicting them from their ancestral lands in the Mau Forest, not much has been done to implement the Court decision.

However, with the launch of the 3rd edition of the Ogiek Community Bio-Cultural Protocol Book,the Community is optimistic that their rights will be safeguarded in a more structured way.

Speaking in Nakuru when he officiated the launch of the edition, KWS in-charge of Bio-prospecting activities Mr.Mukonyi Kabaka lauded the move terming it a milestone in the country and the Globe.

He called on the Ogiek community through their umbrella Ogiek peoples’ Development Program to ensure they implement and put in place structures as per content of the Book so that they can begin realizing their benefits and rights.

Kabaka cited the Endorois as a good example of peoples with a Community Bio-Cultural Protocol that has seen the community reap a lot of benefits from their ancestral land around Lake Bogoria.

“This is a milestone not only for the Ogiek community but even globally. We are encouraging indigenous communities to have such a Community Bio-Cultural Protocol. Already, the Edorois have one and are enjoying benefits be it in tourism around Lake Bogoria etc” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Technical advisor Ms Cecilia Githaiga.

She said the Community Bio-Cultural Protocol is key in matters of communication between the Ogiek Community and other partners as far as their cultural rights are concerned.

“This is a key tool of communication between the Ogiek and the government or any other person who would like to learn about the Ogiek Community” said Githaiga.

Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program Executive Director Daniel Kobei who also graced the event noted that the BCP will go a long way in locking out individuals who have been reaping from the Ogiek without their knowledge.

He added that they will be moving ahead to register the BCP in various counties where the Ogiek Communities live so that the government and any person can understand that the Ogiek people have rights to their natural resources as well as culture.

“There are people who have been reaping from us without our knowledge. But now with this BCP that will be a thing of past” said Kobei.

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MP Arama sounds stern warning to dayschool heads over extra costs

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama addressing journalists after issuance of bursary cheques.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama has hit out at section of Day School heads for charging parents extra costs.

The furious Arama said this was uncalled for and those doing so were contravening the government policy on free secondary education.

He revealed that some day schools were forcing parents to pay extra money and interfering with the 100 percent transition.

The second term MP was categorical that dayschool secondary education is free and no parent should be forced to pay extra fee.

According to him,the feeding program for students in Day Schools should be an agreement between parents and school and should not be used to keep students out of School.

Arama who was speaking at NG-CDF office on Thursday during issuance of bursary cheques worth Ksh.20 million for needy students, said he will take up the matter with relevant ministry.

He added that if action will not be taken,then he will lobby parents and assess situation in schools where complaints have been raised.

“As far as I am concerned and as far as Jubilee administration is concerned Education in secondary Day Schools is free.Its against the law for school heads to demand extra money in the name of lunch.I will personally deal with this in Parliament” said Arama.

He added that the government will not condone such acts from school heads whom he insisted had no authority at the moment to send away students.

The Jubilee Legislator maintained that that he will work closely with administrators to ensure full transition to secondary.

He called for dialogue with the ministry of education officials whenever a school is in crisis instead of sending learners away.

“We want to ensure all children are in school as per government policy” said Arama.

 

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Egerton University student commits suicide over suspected depression

Confirming the incident,Njoro Sub county police commander Jonathan Kisaka said the deceased had tried several times to take his life before the Sunday incident.

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Suicide.PHOTO/Courtesy.

A 23-year-old Egerton University student on Sunday committed suicide over suspected depression.

Confirming the incident, Njoro Sub-county police commander Jonathan Kisaka said the deceased had tried several times to take his life before the Sunday incident.

The officer noted that the deceased identified as Edward Chege was living in a rental house just a few meters from the main campus.

“Yesterday we received a report of a suicide incident. The student might have been depressed for he had severally tried to take his life” he said.

The body of the deceased was taken to Egerton University Mortuary awaiting postmortem.

Mr Kisaka called on youths to share their problems with counsellors to avert such incidents.

“Depression is real and people should seek help,” he said.

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Kinyanjui calls on Tuju,Murathe to resign over Jubilee party’s predicaments

Kinyanjui who was elected on Jubilee party ticket and serving his first term said there is need for the party to b revived through new faces that can take it to the next level.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui at a past function.PHOTO/NGPU.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has slammed Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and Vice Chair David Murathe over predicaments facing the party.

Addressing a press conference in on Friday,the furious Kinyanjui said time is now that the two quit for failing.

He added that as leaders elected on Jubilee ticket,they will not sit and watch the duo destroy the party.

“We have lost confidence in their leadership.Both Tuju and Murathe their days in Jubilee are numbered.The Party belongs to the people,we are the ones who were elected and stake is with us.We will not watch as the party is destroyed by afew people” said Kinyanjui.

Kinyanjui who was elected on Jubilee party ticket and serving his first term said there is need for the party to b revived through new faces that can take it to the next level.

Jubilee party has in the recent days faced wrangles with a aecrsec of legislators now subscribing to United Democratic Alliance associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

Former Majority leader Aden Duale afew days ago declared Jubilee party as structurally dead and that UDA was the party to watch in the 2022 polls.

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