The-Maasai-Land-Question
The-Maasai-Land-Question

While in the Kenya National Archives and perusing the colonial government records, I stumbled upon a document regarding the 1932 Kenya Land Commission. The Commission was charged to collect evidence on African land grievances in Kenya and was headed by one Sir Morris Carter.

For the Maasai, it provided another opportunity for the redress of their historical land injustices. I salute the gallant fighters who presented both oral and written dossier on Maasai land rights. They included Seki ole Olonana, Ntaretoi ole Katato, Kareka ole Satiaga, Kulale ole Ntiati, Lasiti ole Keri and Loorkimojik ole Nakorde.

The elders drawn from all corners of Maasaland directed bitter criticism to colonial govt for appropriating better parts of Maasailand during the two agreements of 1904 and1911. They genuinely lamented about how the inhuman colonial action had affected their pastoral way of life.

My considered opinion is that as long as the Maasai will exist as a race, this will always linger in their minds. I therefore call upon Maasai leaders led by Governor Samuel ole Tunai of Narok to urgently pick from where the aforementioned leaders left. I deliberately mentioned Governor Tunai because sections of Ilpurko, Ilkeekonyokie and Ildamat who reside in Narok were the most affected. A true leader of the people must never bury his head in the sand.

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