Justice Muga apondi has today morning sentenced of Mr Tom Cholmondeley to serve a prison term of 8 moths at Kamiti Maximum Security prison in Nairobi. This is to enable the said convict to "reflect on his life".Tom was only recently found guilty of manslaughter by the Kenyan High Court.The sentence has all the marks of leniency but may have been arrived at taking into consideration that he was in pre Judgement prison remand for 3 years and of course some diplomatic lobbying!
On the other hand i have come across a different perspective of the man Tom Cholmondeley in a support website being run by his friends, relatives ,acquaintances etc. The site mirrors the beauty of friends who are willing to stick by their own through whatever circumstances and difficulties. Its not in doubt that being in Kenyan jails and or prison remand facilities is quite a harrowing experience and his family and friends are out to console and comfort him at the blog entitled: JusticeforTom Website,. If the guy is as gentle and responsible as he is put out to be , then he simply has a problem of thinking after the fact.
Whether or not he inadvertently killed Njoya he is blood guilt and that is something none of us should ever want to be.Human life is precious. In fact i take exception to an article appearing in a United Kingdom press website:Daily Express .It is a gross misrepresentation of Kenya, its Justice system and life in Naivasha and in white owned farms.
Kenya cannot in an iota bit be equated to Zimbabwe or be compared to it in the matter of white farm invasions.In fact foreigners often get preferential treatment as opposed to locals. The first time Tom shot a game warden he would have been murdered by the police were he a local.You simply cannot harm let alone kill a member of the disciplined forces and get away with it,even if they are wrong or have trespassed into your land .
The Daily Express article written by Aidan Hartley a white settler in Kenya in fact calls the common mwananchi who insisted that the Courts uphold Justice as "rascists" who advocated for the lynching and burning of the Delamere farm. I believe the statement to be further than the truth. The article simply wants to misrepresent facts ,distort truths and evoke negative emotions!Hartley in fact seems to state that Tom was attacked by machete wielding thugs whereas evidence before the Court states that Tom actually had time to take a precise aim at Njoya.At same time no such weapons were found on Njoya. He may well have been a passerby through the estate.Tom fired no warning shot, he did not even try to maim or disable the so called attackers , he just took a precise and fatal shot at Njoya and went on to kill the dogs!No distortion, misrepresentation ,propaganda can efface those facts.
Further insecurity in Kenya affects all and sundry not just white settlers.No matter ones philanthropic activities, it is immoral to kill another especially so in circumstances likely to suggest the same was done for sport . That is a fundamental truth ! Many Kenyans welcomed the decision and if he truly is a responsible lad he will bear up with the responsibility for his actions!