Khan rep­re­sents Nan­dis in case against Bri­tain

Com­mu­nity de­mands un­equiv­o­cal apol­ogy and com­pen­sa­tion for the killing of over 10,000 peo­ple

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - BARRY SALIL @TheS­tarKenya

A case against the Bri­tish govern­ment over the crimes sol­diers com­mit­ted dur­ing the Nandi Re­sis­tance will start late Novem­ber.

The Nandi com­mu­nity will be rep­re­sented in Lon­don by a Bri­tish law firm headed by lawyer Karim Khan, who rep­re­sented Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto at the ICC.

The law firm won a ten­der placed in the lo­cal dailies and is now col­lect­ing evidence and maps to prove the case.

Nandi Gov­er­nor Cleophas La­gat said the county has the bless­ings of the assem­bly, which ap­proved Sh108 mil­lion le­gal fees.

He spoke in Nandi Hills Grounds on the eve of Mashu­jaa Day cel­e­bra­tions yes­ter­day. La­gat at­tended a cer­e­mony to mark 111 years since the killing of leg­endary Nandi leader Koitalel arap Samoei in 1905.

He said the Nandi com­mu­nity de­mands un­equiv­o­cal apol­ogy from the Bri­tish govern­ment and com­pen­sa­tion for the killing of more than 10,000 peo­ple, forcible trans­fer of res­i­dents and rape.

“We have sev­eral au­thor­i­ties at our dis­posal, in­clud­ing the in­dige­nous peo­ple of Aus­tralia – the Abo­rig­ines – and the Mau Mau cases among oth­ers,” the gov­er­nor said. La­gat said a team of le­gal ex­perts will hold public hear­ings in Nandi Hills to en­sure that the case is wa­ter­tight.

Dur­ing the Oc­to­ber 19, 1905 in­ci­dent in which Koitalel was mur­dered at a peace meet­ing in Nandi Hills, more than 1.5 mil­lion head of cat­tle were stolen. The lo­cal com­mu­nity was also evicted.

The Bri­tish sol­diers forced out the com­mu­nity from its rich agri­cul­tural land to grow cash crops, such as tea, cof­fee and sug­ar­cane. La­gat said to date, thou­sands of peo­ple still live as squat­ters on re­served land along the hills and in rocky ar­eas.

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