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Why this family wants to block Tom Cholmondeley’s burial in Kenya

Kinsmen of the late Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger Mr Samson ole Sisina who was shot dead by Mr Tom Cholmondeley 11 years ago say they would wish he is buried outside the country.

And should he be buried in the country, Mr Sisina’s Maa kinsmen wish he is buried with his hands handcuffed.

“If possible, we were praying he should not be buried in Kenya or be buried in handcuffs…that’s the only way we can forgive him,” said Mr Kaza Roho Torome, the family’s spokesman.


Mr Torome suggested having Mr Cholmondeley buried out of Kenya or in handcuffs if he must be buried in Kenya, saying this would appease the community and would earn the family some level forgiveness.

But that is not all.

The late Sisina’s family is on the other hand seeking to block the burial of the grandson of Lord Delamere who died at MP Shah Hospital on Wednesday while undergoing an operation, until their compensation demands are met.

Mr Cholmondeley stole new headlines in April 2005 after he shot Mr Sisina- an undercover KWS ranger whom he said, had trespassed into his vast Soysambu ranch in Naivasha. It was said the late Sisina was killed on the farm when he went to investigate the source of game meat.

Mr Cholmondeley claimed he shot the ranger in self-defence, saying he had been fired at first.


Amid conflicting statements on how Mr Sisina met his death, a case against Mr Cholmondeley was dropped after the State said there was no evidence to sustain it.

Maasais protesting the killing of the Kenya Wildlife Service ranger Samson Ole Sisina held demonstrations in Ntulele in Narok, protesting the release of Mr. Cholmondeley who had been charged with the murder.

The then Attorney General Mr Amos Wako terminated the case against him.

Just last month, the family of Mr Sisina petitioned the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Keriako Tobiko to launch fresh investigations into the case after disowning an order made by the the then Attorney ten years ago. It demanded a fresh public inquest into the death.