- The community lives in Emsoo ward in Elgeyo-Marakwet County and is found in Kabulwo and Chegilet areas.
- Members say they are a minority sub-tribe of the Kalenjin community but they have been falsely grouped as Keiyo.
- Peter Barng'etuny, a member of the community, said they had petitioned the State in the past over the request but without success.
The Kiptani community in Elgeyo-Marakwet County wants the State to recognise it as a tribe.
The community alleged that it has been sidelined in government appointments.
Members said they were a minority sub-tribe of the Kalenjin community but they had been falsely grouped as Keiyo. They said they spoke a different dialect from other Kalenjin sub-tribes.
They claimed that none of their members had been recruited into the disciplined forces such as Kenya Defence Forces or Kenya Wildlife Service even though they hold national identity cards.
They said that despite donating part of their community land for the establishment of the Rimoi National Game Reserve, they had not been recruited as game wardens at the reserve that was re-opened in 2016.
“We don’t have a single individual nominated or elected to any position since we are a minority group. We feel sidelined and that is why we want the government to recognise us as a tribe so that we can be considered for these opportunities,” said Mr Charles Rono, one of the community members.
The community lives in Emsoo ward in Elgeyo-Marakwet County and is found in Kabulwo and Chegilet areas.
According to Mr Julius Chelagat, the community, comprising about 4,000 members, originated from the neighbouring Baringo County.