The British tea growers in Kenya facing ‘Zimbabwe-style’ land grabs

August 3, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

It seemed like a sensible way out of a spot of local bother. With a querulous clan of local mystics threatening the social order of Kenya’s tea country back in the 1930s, the colony’s British overlords thought they had hit on the obvious solution: deport the lot of them.

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Decades after the end of Empire, that decision is now threatening to unleash Britain’s gravest tea-related crisis since a group of American bootleggers tipped chests of the stuff into Boston Harbour in 1773.

The forced eviction of the Talai people in 1934 lies at the heart of a simmering dispute over colonial-era land grievances that could lead to severe tea shortages in Britain if a powerful regional politician in western Kenya gets…

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