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Kenya: Activists sue Coca Cola over damage Caused to ‘sacred’ tree planted by Raila Odinga


Three activists, Mr. Evance Oloo, Mr. Micheal Kojo and Mr. Walter Opiyo have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola for damages caused to a supposed ‘sacred’ tree planted by former Kenyan Prime Minister and current opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

The three who dragged the beverage maker before the Environment court are demanding the court to compel Coca-Cola to bring Mr. Odinga to Homa Bay town to replant the same tree at the same location. 

The background of this story is that, in 2017, a driver who works for Coca-Cola mistakenly ran over the fig tree which was planted by the politician way back in 2014 whilst driving in reverse gear, marking the beginning of the drama. 

According to the complainants who reportedly declined offers from Coca Cola to plant a similar tree as replacement, the tree is sacred and will not grow if planted by anyone who is not chosen. 

The suit listed Coca-Cola Company Limited, Kisii Bottlers and Almasi Beverages as first, second and third respondents respectively whilst adding the Luo Council of Elders and Mr Raila Amollo Odinga as first and second interested parties. 

The judge at the Migori County court, G. Ongondo has scheduled June 21, 2021 for the hearing of the controversial case.

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