We demand for Koitalel’s head in Britain- Koitalel Samoei family
The family of the late Koitalel Arap Samoei has come to say,” We demand for Koitalel’s head.”
The family gathered at the Koitalel mauselium and demanded the return of Koitalel Samoei’s head which is believed to be in Britain.
The family has also asked for a public apology from British government who tortured and killed their loved during the colonial era.
They further demanded ksh 150 billion as compensation for the troubles the Nandi community underwent.
They said,” We therefore demand; A public apology from the British government to the community and affected families, A total of ksh. 150 billion as compensation incurred for the confiscated property and immediate return of Koitalelel Samoei head/ skull so that the family and community can enjoy peace.”
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The family recalled the kind of torture they endured during the colonial period.
They said,”Many Nandis suffered physical, psychological and psychiatric injuries due to forceful land alienation, physical assault by Colonial askaris, burning of houses, confiscated of livestock, restriction into native reserves, frequent deaths and miscarriages, European diseases such as syphills and gonorrhea, small pox and chicken pox, detention without trial, forced labour, disruption of family lives.”
They added,”Some of our people were banished to Mfangano island and all manner of cruel and degrading treatments. Many victims recalled terrible atrocities fisted on them by the colonial power and colonial administration.
Some of the human rights violation suffered by the victims in summary include; forceful exploitation of land by British multi nationals, forced eviction from Nandi land, Conversion of Nandi land into squatters, relocation of Nandi people to foreign lands that is Uganda and Tanganyika, Forceful conscription into the armed forces, Poor pay to soldiers, Destroying of boundaries.”
They also recalled the Sexual exploitation of Nandi women leading to the rise of Bi- racial children.