1988 Aberdares Forest Evictees Demonstrate in Nyeri

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In 1988 hundreds of families living in Tucha/Kiandongoro village at the Aberdares forest were evicted.

 

On 29th October 2014, the InformAction team screened the film “Unfinished Business” to the evictees. During the post-screening discussions, the evictees decided to organize a Community Action Team, which would commemorate their ancestors buried in the Aberdares forest, and further petition the National Government of Kenya to give them back their land.

During the month of February 2015, the InformAction team systematically screened the film “Kilio Cha Haki” across the integrated evictee communities in Nyeri County, facilitating debates on how the evictees should speak out on the injustices suffered since 1988.

The screenings resulted in 5 Community Action Team cells that mobilized other evictees across the County for the commemoration and petition.

On March 10th, 2015, the Evictees held a night vigil at Wamangana P.C.E.A Church, commemorating their ancestors, with plans to march to the County Commissioners office to present their petition the morning after.

On the morning of March 11th, 2015, over 500 Evictees marched 27 Kilometers to the County Commissioners office, where they met with the Deputy County Commissioner, Mr. Mawira. Mr. Mawira acknowledged the Evictees as genuine Evictees, giving the Evictee leaders an official appointment with the County Commissioner. The appointment was scheduled for March 17th, 2015.

InformAction is in the process of compiling a report with the decisions made at the meeting.