Koitalel Arap Samoei Nandi Hero Honoured

Koitalel Arap Samoei Nandi Hero Honoured

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Long before the newly launched Standard Gauge Railway days the country Kenya lied peaceful in its complexities of beautiful flora and fauna and a people of rich cultural diversity. A vast land that soon fell prey to the penetration of the British who were seeking their own agenda aka ‘exploring’.

Koitalel Arap Samoei was an Orkoiyot, the supreme chief of the Nandi people of Kenya.koitaleel

He led the Nandi rebellion against the British colonial rule. Koitalel Arap Samoei followed his father Kimnyole as the Orkoiyot and was enthroned in 1885.

The British seeing that they were facing resistance in constructing the Kenya – Uganda Railway through the Nandi area devised a plan.

In 1905 Richard Henry Meinertzhagen, a British soldier had invited Koitalel to negotiate, using this as a chance to lure the Nandi leader for a fatal ambush in which after the handshake he is said to have shot him alongside thousands of other Nandi men and decapitated the leader’s head.

On Monday Kenya’s president H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta went ahead to honour Koitalel – a man revered by many for his courage and non-conformity – by kick starting the construction of a school named after the legend.file-56ef88a75ccf9

Koitalel Samoei University College, which is to be constructed at the exact same spot where the famed leader met his death is seen as a pillar of  freedom and justice as echoed by the Deputy President William Ruto and is set to be opened in two years time.

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