Cholmondeley family compensates killed KWS ranger


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The family of Lord Delamare’s great grandson, the late Tom Cholmondeley, has bowed to pressure and compensated the family of the late Samson ole Sisina who was shot dead by the Briton 11 years ago.

The late Cholmondeley’s family handed over 50 heads of cattle to the family of the late Kenya Wildlife Service ranger after lawyers from the two parties agreed on the compensation Thursday in Gilgil.

Lawyer Katwa Kigen, representing the Ole Sisina family, said the Delamare’s family has also agreed to give the Ole Sisina family 23 acres of land, educate eight children from the family and also build a house for Ole Sisina’s widow.

The agreement had been made between the two families as compensation after the late Cholmondely shot dead Samson ole Sisina at his Soysambu Ranch in 2005.

The negotiations between the two families, that began Monday, came after the family of Ole Sisina threatened to stop Cholmondeley’s burial scheduled for Friday, August 26.

Last week, the Maasai Council of Elders from Olemtel, Narok had threatened to paralyze tourism operations should the family of the late Ole Sisina fail to get compensation from Tom Cholomondely’s estate.

Wildlife ranger Ole Sisina was killed on Cholomondely’s Soysambu ranch 11 years ago, with the family claiming that Tom Cholomondely killed the man in cold blood.

The case against Cholomondely collapsed in June 2005 for what was ruled as lack of sufficient evidence.

This caused a surge of emotions and subsequent demonstrations from the residents who claimed that the sole heir of Lord Delamere dynasty received special treatment from the court.

Tom Cholmondeley died last week at the MP Shah Hospital after undergoing a hip replacement surgery.

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