Prof Maritim Songok PHOTO|NMG
Terik a minority group in Nandi county has petition the name of the county to be changed to Nandi-Terik to end marginalization.
The group claim the name gives prominence to the dominant Nandi group only and a a neutral name would make them 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 want it changed like Elgeyo Marakwet and Tharaka-Nithi.
The group have asked the National Assembly and the Senate to look into the issue.
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,” Songok was quoted by Daily Nation
Nandi Council of Elders chairman Joel Kitur said the community is willing to hold talks with political and religious leaders and other stakeholders on how to deal with the matter.
According to the 2009 census, the Terik are about 340,000, with 300,000 residing in Nandi County, about 20,000 in Vihiga and another 20,000 in Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and other parts of the country.
In 2009 the community was given a code and differentiated from the Nandi.