, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – The Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) began its hearings in Kuria, on Monday, that kicked off with a memorandum highlighting the political and economic marginalisation of the Kuria people.
The memorandum was presented by Daniel Chacha, a nominated councillor from Maita location on behalf of area MP Wilfred Machage.
Mr Chacha said the Kuria believed that they had paid for their mistake of calling for cessation to Tanganyika through marginalisation by the successive governments of independent Kenya.
Despite the strong presentations made over the years, the community agreed that they were not given an independent county and expressed apprehension, given the bitter history between them and the neighbouring Luo community.
Mr Chacha said the Kuria Community have been sidelined and excluded from development and leadership roles since independence, citing marginalisation on various sectors.
“No one from Kuria has ever been selected to sit on the cereals board of trustees despite the fact that Kuria produces 30 percent of cereals nationally.”
He added that political injustices had been placed on them by their neighbours because they are a minority.
Touching on the issue of land, Mr Chacha contended that the Kuria had been deprived of their territory by the neighbouring Maasai community and the government.
“The Kuria community believe that Mashangwa, Kirindon and Mapashe, in the neighbouring Transmara district, is their ancestral land and we have the documents to support this claim,” asserted Mr Chacha.
He urged that the Kuria Community be recognised as a minority tribe and a people whose rights have been violated so that they can benefit in the equalization fund in the devolved government.
While he acknowledged that there were talks underway between the Kuria and their Luo counterparts in Migori County, he still stressed the need for their own county.
“We request for our own county so that we can elect our own leaders,” said Mr Chacha.
The issues emerging from Kuria include, killings by the outlawed militia groups of Sungu Sungu, corruption, police torture, inter-ethnic border conflicts, rape, evictions, detentions, land, extra-judicial killings and cattle rustling.
The Commission is expected to conclude the hearings in Kuria, on Wednesday, before it embarks on the other regions of the country.