Last White Man Standing

In Kenya a white landowner kills a poacher. The subsequent trial evolves more around white landownership, the tension between the rich and the poor, than of the actual murder

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Last White Man Standing

Last White Man Standing

In May 2006, Robert Njoya was shot and killed by Tom Cholmondeley, heir to the Delamere Estate. Tom encountered Robert Njoya together with some fellow poachers and a pack of dogs, while driving through the countryside of the estate.

Tom maintained that he had shot after the pack of dogs, accidentally hitting Robert, a claim later questioned in court.

This resulted in the trial focusing not so much on the alleged murder, as on the symbolic contrast between a few wealthy white Kenyan landowners and the poor colored people For many years, this division has been evident, becoming ever more apparent with the rapid growth of the population leading to a rise in poverty.

As a consequence, land available where the poorer population live has become immensely overpopulated, while the land owners sit on land which they claim their right to, dating back to the colonial time.

This case of severe contrasts raises the question, if the wealthy few should have the right to land when it could provide for many more. Does the era of colonial rule still hold the legitimate authority and power, or ought it to be removed for the greater good?

Director Justin Webster
Producers Mette Heide & Don Edkins
Produced by Plus Pictures in association with ITVS, DR TV, BBC
Duration 60 min.
Year of Production 2010
Original Title Last White Man Standing
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