UK pay out suit almost complete, says Chepkwony

The Kericho county government is finalising collection of evidence ahead of filing of a case in September seeking compensation and an apology from the British government for alleged atrocities meted out on Kipsigis and Talai communities during the colonial area.

Governor Paul Chepkwony said by the end of this month everything pertaining to the evidence would have been completed saying his administration is raring to go on the matter.

He assured the victims and their families that his administration will not relent until the British government apologises and compensates them for the forcible eviction from their fertile ancestral land to pave way for tea planting in the early 1920s.

The county boss said the victims are seeking compensation of Sh2 trillion in the case expected to be filed in London in September.

Speaking on Saturday when he hosted some of the victims listed in the suit against the British Colonial government at his official residence at Mau Tea in the outskirts of Kericho town, Chepkwony said compiling evidence for the case was at an advance stage, adding that no stone would be left unturned until justice is served for the victims.

“Listening to these people, one will acknowledge the fact that what they went through in the hands of the British colonial government is worse than what the Jews went through in the hands of Nazis.

Very serious atrocities and thus the need for compensation,” said the governor. He said the victims lost their wealth, suffered dignity and other serious crimes saying his administration is fully prepared to proceed with the case. He said the victims are demanding an apology from the Her Majesty the Queen of United Kingdom plus the compensation.

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