- The case commenced after the County Assembly passed a resolution three years ago approving the lawsuit.
A group of medical experts have begun forensic investigations to ascertain the extent of torture meted on Kericho residents by British colonialists, in a bid to strengthen the community’s legal suit in UK courts.
The team comprising one government pathologist, five general doctors and six psychiatrists was brought in by Governor Paul Chepkwony, who has sued the British government for “forceful and fatal eviction” of local communities from their lands to pave the way for tea estates.
Prof Chepkwony has led the community in demanding compensation and the case has gained support of the national government following approval by the Office of the Attorney-General.
Led by Dr Dixon Mchana, the government pathologist, and Dr Carol Shivachi from the Independent Medico-Legal Unit, the team will assess both physical and psychological impact of the torture committed close to a century ago.
“We will be here for five days,” Dr Mchana said, adding:
“We will also treat the victims of any other illnesses like blood pressure and kidney (issues) because it will not be fair for them to walk back home ailing after meeting doctors.”