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Moses Ole Mpoe

A good man became a martyr to this cause on the evening of December 3, 2010, when he and a fellow activist, Parsaayia Punyua, were assassinated for their work in the fight to regain Mau Narok; a third man, Mpoe’s brother Joseph ole Mpoe, was badly hurt. Moses Ole Mpoe, a Mau Narok resident, had tried to organize for the private transfer of the land to the community for many years. Those efforts were finally thwarted in 2001 and he began to advocate for the issue to be resolved in court. It was Mpoe’s persistence that brought the Mau Narok case to the attention of Maasai leadership and the movement to regain the land today is the result of his commitment. After years of intimidation, and daily threats as the Mau Narok case moved forward, Moses was executed by gunmen on motorcycles in his car as he was stalled in traffic outside of Nakuru. He was a good friend and will be missed.

In the summer of 2008, Ole Mpoe gave an interview to Prescott College students. He said,

“In 1963, Maasai were told that Kenya was independent. But in the eyes of the Maasai, Independence has not happened. Native land Councils were created to give colonized land back to local communities. But the Maasai did not get one quarter of their original land returned. The Kenyans that came to power in 1963 took whatever land they could grab from powerless people. Mau Narok was taken from the Maasai without any agreement, even a forced agreement. Where was justice miscarried? Even if we get no land back from this fight, we want to know how the land was taken from us. We want to know the truth. We want the world to know.”

For news sources on Mpoe’s death, see:

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/1066238/-/11h7qasz/-/index.htm

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000024024&catid=4&a=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4m1ZIlfhLs

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