In Summary
  • The Terik say a neutral name would make the community feel part of the county.
  • Prof Songok said naming a county after one community promotes marginalisation or assimilation of minorities.
  • Nandi Council of Elders chairman Joel Kitur said the community is willing to hold talks on how to deal with the matter.

A minority community in Nandi wants the county's name changed, saying it gives prominence to the dominant group and promotes marginalisation in the region.

The Terik say a neutral name would make the community feel part of the county.

Prof Maritim Songok and other Terik professionals said giving a county the name of the dominant group is wrong and asked the National Assembly and the Senate to look into the issue.

He said other counties whose names need to be changed are Embu, Meru, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Samburu, Tharaka-Nithi, Kisii, Taita-Taveta, Turkana and West Pokot.

MARGINALISATION

Prof Songok, a scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, said naming a county after one community promotes marginalisation or assimilation of minorities.

“The Terik fought to regain their language and culture and Unesco even recognised us. However, the 2010 Constitution dealt us a serious blow by allowing the use of Nandi as the name of the county,” he said.

The Terik are found in Nandi, Vihiga, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru counties and it was only in 2009 when the community was given a code and differentiated from the Nandi.

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