In a meeting was convened by the Kenya’s Office of the Ombudsman bringing together relevant stakeholders charged with the implementation of the 2022 African Court of Justice Ruling on Ogiek land rights in Mau Forest.
The Landmark ruling ordered the Kenya Government to grant the Ogiek Collective title of their lands in Mau through a process of delamination and Demarcation.
It’s on this background that the Public Defenders body in kenya, organized a consultative forum for state agencies to give progress reports on implementation of various aspects of the court decision, including compensation and the community’s involvement in environmental and forest conservation.
Kajuju said her commission called for the meeting in line with its mandate of enforcing administrative justice in the country.
Speaking during opening of the consultative meeting Kenya’s Ombudsman Chairperson Hon.Florence Kajuju said that the commission convened a follow-up stakeholders’ consultative forum with various government institutions and agencies committed to taking the necessary steps towards implementation of the African court’s judgment regarding the Ogiek community.
“The Ogiek community has been seeking the help of the Ombudsman to push the government to honour a 2017 court ruling which directed the state to pay Sh158 million in compensation for violations of their rights” Said Hon.Kajuju.
On June 23, 2022, the court issued a reparation judgment in favour of the community, outlining in detail the steps that the state must take to compensate the Ogiek for the various human rights violations suffered.The court did so in order for the state to recognize, respect, protect and consult the Ogiek in accordance with their traditions and customs, on all matters concerning development, conservation, or investment in their lands.
The court ordered the government to pay Sh57,850,000 for material prejudice for loss of property and natural resources.
During the meeting a representative of the office of the Attorney General gave assurances that the government was on the final stages of preparation of the part on compensation as directed by the Africa Court of Justice.