Daily Archives: July 17, 2020

Kenya: At least 300 indigenous families evicted from their homes!

Kenya Forest Service evicts 300 Ogiek families from their homes in the Mau Forest. Despite the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights 2017 ruling that the Ogiek should not be evicted.

In May 2017, the Ogiek Indigenous People won an important land rights victory at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Court ruled that the Ogiek have the right to live in the Mau Forest and that the government of Kenya was wrong to evict them. At the end of June 2020, 100 officers from the Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Police Service started evicting the Ogiek and demolishing their homes.

On 7 July 2020, Kenya Forest Service guards evicted 300 families from the Ogiek community. According to the Star, as many as 30,000 Ogiek families could end up homeless.

The evictions are taking place despite a moratorium on forced evictions issued by the government only one month ago.

On 11 May 2020, Fred Matiangi’i, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, went on national television to announce a moratorium on forced evictions during the coronavirus evictions.

The Star comments,

Although the Environment and Land Court on Friday halted any pending evictions, the government’s record in obeying court orders offers no respite for the homeowners.

Defending the future

In May 2020, the Katiba Institute and the Ogiek Peoples Development Program put out a report titled, “Defending our future: Overcoming the challenges of returning the Ogiek home”.

Kenya’s Ministry for Environment and Forestry had set up a taskforce to advise the government on how to implement the Ogiek judgement.

In the Preface to the report Daniel Kobei, Executive Director of the Ogiek Peoples Development Program, writes,

This taskforce, like colonial rule in Kenya in times past, did not include representation of our community even though the deliberations directly concerned us. We understand its mandate ended on 24 January 2020 but its report has not been made public despite our attempts to seek disclosure. The Ogiek community made submissions to the taskforce seeking complete restitution of our ancestral land, with at least seven non-transferable community titles.

Lucy Claridge, Senior Counsel at the Forest Peoples Programme, summarises the key findings of the Ogiek judgement in the report. The Court recognised the Ogiek as an Indigenous community and that the Mau Forest is their ancestral home. For centuries the Ogiek have depended on the Mau Forest as a source of livelihood.

Article 14, of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, states that “The right to property shall be guaranteed”. The Court recognised the Ogiek’s “right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use”, as stated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Claridge writes that,

Importantly, the Court recognized that such rights ‘do not necessarily entail the right of ownership in its classical meaning, including the right to dispose thereof ’, recognizing that, unlike other property rights, indigenous rights over their ancestral lands are inalienable: they cannot be transferred or taken away. Since the government had not disputed that the Ogiek have occupied lands in the Mau Forest since time immemorial, the Court ruled that they have the right to occupy, use and enjoy their ancestral lands. Further, although the Court accepted that the right to property under Article 14 can be restricted in the public interest where necessary and proportionate, it found that the degradation of the Mau Forest could neither be attributable to the Ogiek nor did the preservation of the ecosystem justify their eviction. Accordingly, the expulsion of the Ogiek from their ancestral lands against their will, without prior consultation, constitutes a violation of Article 14.

Instead of respecting the ruling of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights the Kenyan government is destroying the homes of the Ogiek Indigenous communities. It is also evicting Sengwer Indigenous communities. These evictions are taking place during the coronavirus pandemic. Making people homeless makes them more at risk from the coronavirus. And all of this is taking place in the name of conservation.

Source: https://redd-monitor.org

Dr Habumuremyi en prison, à quoi servent les fonds COVID-19 ?!

Le Rwanda a encaissé des sommes colossales sous forme de subventions ou dettes pour faire face aux conséquences de la pandémie COVID-19. Une grande partie de ces fonds devait venir en aide aux entreprises privées touchées.

Sauf que ce n’est pas le cas. Un exemple frappant est celui de Christian University . Son chef, Dr Damien Habumuremyi, ex permier ministre, l’actionnaire majoritaire de ladite université est en prison pour n’avoir pas pu payer certaines factures suite au COVID-19. Où est passé l’argent qui devait régler ce genre conflits ?

Pour plus d’un, Dr Damien Habumuremyi, le Hutu de service de Kagame, est en train de payer pour avoir osé faire du business (fonder une université), un droit réservé à une petite clique de Tutsi qui bosse pour Kagame !
Deux choses sortent de cette affaire. La première est le détournement flagrant des fonds Covid 19. Même les masques que le Rwanda a reçus comme aides sont vendus au peuple. 🤔🤔Attention, pas que ça!. Chacun doit régler sa facture de chambre d’isolement, en cas de soupçon de signes du Coronavirus. Pourtant, les Américains, Européens, FMI, Banque Mondiale…ont débloqué l’argent ! Pire encore, c’est le peuple rwandais qui remboursera ces dettes! Sans en avoir bénéficié.

La deuxième est une leçon que tout citoyen devrait retenir. Ne jamais sortir le serpent du piège, car , pour récompense, il te piquera. Habumuremyi, l’un des “best” Hutus de service, a dirigé la commission électorale et a gardé silence quand Kagame se proclamait élu en 2003. Habumuremyi avait l’opportunité de dire “non” , il ne l’a pas fait. Pour lui, ” on se tait et on vit”, même quand ses parents, frères et sœurs se font dévorer par le lion que l’on abreuve. Sauf que, tu sors le serpent du piège pour qu’il te morde. It is just a matter of time.

Cette leçon devrait être enseignée à tous ceux qui rêvent devenir un jour des Hutus de service.

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