I would like to thank my brother from Canada brother Joel Ole Purkei for such a nice conversation we had on phone hours ago. It was really motivating and you make me belief more now than ever, that we the systematically marginalised pastoral population of Kenya shall soon rise to claim our God given rights from bad governance. Olepurkei is a political science graduate currently studying Aviation in Canada. The brother found this blog and went on to search for my phone. It was really a warm conversation. Thank you.
Well, below is foot-prints of you (Purkei) on internet.
Like you, I feel that there is a political motive behind this move by the bureau. Read what Purkei wrote on Standard newspaper on 02/09/2010;
I cannot believe Oparanya could read out such low numbers that are obviously untrue. The average Maasai woman gives birth to at least six children. Their population has been steadily rising although this increase is not captured in the census results.
It appears we have been taken for a ride for political reasons yet unknown. The Maasai leaders and the community must stand up and reject these ridiculous figures that raise more questions than answers.
Anybody who has visited Maasailand can attest to the fact that community numbers have exploded in the last few decades. One only needs to go to places like Kiserian, Narok, Kajiado and Transmara to get the true picture.
Credible estimates from respectable sources here put the community numbers at between 1.5 to 2.1 million and rising. There are correct ways of carrying out a broad-based national census that must be adopted.
Joel Ole Purkei.
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