History September 06, 2018 at 04:00 am

These 5 Africans spent decades in prison for political reasons

Farida Dawkins

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Farida Dawkins September 06, 2018 at 04:00 am

September 06, 2018 at 04:00 am | History

Image of the Nandi people…Wikipedia

Barsirian Arap Manyei

Barsirian Arap Manyei was born in 1882 in Samitu. Like his father, Koitalel Arap Samoei, Manyei was an Orkoiyot, the supreme chief of the Nandi people of Kenya.

Manyei took over the throne in 1919 after his brother Lelimo Arap Samoei reneged his post after killing one of his palace guards, who also happened to be an informant for the British.

He fled after the murder.

There was an unrest brewing between the Nandi people and the British government due to tax increases and a stock quarantine imposed on the Nandi people from 1921 and 1923 amongst other factors.

In 1923 the saget ab eito or sacrifice of the ox was to commence. The ceremony entailed the exchange of leadership between the community.

The British administration believed that the gathering was a cover-up for a planned mutiny.

On October 16, 1923, several days before the ceremony was to occur, Manyei and four additional elders were apprehended and expelled to Meru.

Manyei spent the next forty years in prison.  He was Kenya’s longest-serving political prisoner.

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