Ogiek seek inclusion in Nandi County Government
The Ogiek community in Nandi has demanded inclusion from the newly inaugurated County Government of Nandi.
The community, who lived at the Serengonik Forest for a long time before being evicted, says has suffered a lot in the hands of previous governments.
Led by James Kipkurgat, the community urged Nandi County Governor, Stephen Sang, to consider the Ogiek, adding that the community has been marginalized.
“The previous regime failed to consider even a single position for the Ogiek yet we are part of Nandi community,” said Mr Kipkurgat.
“We need representation in this coming government in various positions. Our people are in dire need of services.”
According to Nandi Youth Bunge and Civil Society Network, they want the governor to convene constituent groups and encourage them to nominate members to the county budget and economic forum.
The group also said that having an inclusive government will help link the residents with county leadership.
“Youth feel inferior since their roles and responsibilities are over looked by those in authority. We are saying, gone were days when our interests were just being presented by elders who cannot be able to respond to our demands effectively.”
However, they lauded the governor for initiating a lifestyle audit for the county government officials following Governor Sang vowing to deal with corruption and promising to weed out hundreds of ghost workers in Nandi County.
Written by Elizabeth Kibor
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