More than 100,000 people of the Talai clan sent letters to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, demanding compensation from the British government during the colonial period.
In the letter, the Talais expressed their regret at seeking justice for human rights violations. They focus on cases of illegal murder, sexual assault, torture and arbitrary detention.
The members described in detail how they had been evicted from their farms around the town of Kericho and forced into exile in the Tse-Tse Gwasii hills in what is now Homa Bay County, under the 1901 Talai Removal Order.
In the letter, the members explained why they had decided to contact Prince William, citing him as their last hope.
“Despite our intense suffering under British rule, the British government has refused to acknowledge this fact or to meet with any of us, let alone apologize,” the group said.
In the letter, the group said Duke’s relationship with Kenya was a valid reason why he should help. “You married your wife there and your grandmother when she was queen was visiting Kenya – which at the time was one of the colonies.”
In addition, the group sent three delegates to London led by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony to meet with British lawmakers and civil society representatives in the hope that the situation could be resolved soon.
“We inherited the pain, you inherited the benefits … Most of our band members are very old, so the urgency is great. We cannot let another victim of this time die wishing this his dignity returned,” the letter read. in part.