Drama as Ranger’s widow threatens to stop Cholmondeley’s burial
The family of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger Samson ole Sisina who was shot dead by Tom Cholmondeley 11 years ago says it will not allow the late billionaire to be buried until they are compensated.
Mr Sisina’s widow and son have contacted the family’s lawyer seeking to block Cholmondeley’s burial, after he died at Nairobi’s MP Shah Hospital.
The family lost the legal battle to have Cholmondeley, the grandson of Lord Delamere, convicted for the murder of their kin after the case was closed by former Attorney General Amos Wako.
Speaking at their home in Olemutel Village in Narok on Thursday, the family said it had sought lawyer Kitwa Kigen’s services to stop the burial until its compensation demands are met.
The family has demanded 49 heads of cattle and 27 acres of the Delamere’s expansive ranch in Naivasha.
Sisina’s family spoke as details emerged of how Maasai elders recently conducted a ritual at the gravesite of the former KWS ranger to curse his killer after attempts to reopen an inquiry into his death hit a snag.
The family’s spokesman claimed the rituals were strong and should not be taken lightly, saying the results are already manifest.
“It was a serious thing and it was conducted by very elderly Maasai. So when the elders heard the news, they knew it was a confirmation that the rituals still work,” said Mr Torome, the spokesman, during the interview with Nation.
“The curse will follow the kin even after the death of the killer. They must go back to Sisina’s family,” he threatened.
Sisina’s widow, Lucy, concurred with the threats issued by the family spokesman.
“This might not end very soon, as far as the blood of my husband is not paid for,” added Sisina’s widow, a mother of eight.
“According to the Maa culture there are more misfortunes on the way. My children are living in abject poverty. They have stopped going to school and their tears will continue haunting them.”e)
Mr Cholmondeley shot the KWS ranger, then working undercover, in April 2005, claiming he had trespassed into his vast Soysambu Ranch in Naivasha.
The scion of Kenya’s most famous white settler, the third Lord Delamere, claimed he shot the ranger in self defence.
Amid conflicting statements on how Sisina met his death, the case against Mr Cholmondeley was dropped after the State said there was no evidence to sustain it.
Maasai people protested the killing of the Kenya Wildlife Service ranger Samson Ole Sisina held demonstrations in Ntulele in Narok, protesting the release of Cholmondeley who had been charged with the murder.
Amos Wako, now a senator, terminated the case against him.
Last month, Sisina’s family petitioned the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to launch fresh investigations.
Mr Torome said the family and the community got frustrated that justice was not served resulting to traditional rituals.
From the time of his death, the late Sisina’s widow says she has sold 200 sheep and 40 cows to finance the court cases and pay for legal fees.
“I have two children who are yet to join university after they passed their Form Four Exams in 2014,” she said.
This is not the first time the family is trying to appeal the case.
On Thursday, the ranger’s mother, Lucy Parsimei, said she had used all the family resources and sold all her livestock for the case.
“I was very, very angry because once again we never got justice. The Delamere family had tried to settle the matter out of court through our lawyers but they too started taking us round in circles,” she said.