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Author: CLAIRE GATHERU
A farmer who lost his leg due to complications which he blames on cigarette smoking is preparing to sue Kenya's biggest tobacco company.
Mr Amos Weru Murigu, 60, who runs a farm in Ol-Kalou, Nyandarua district, has instructed lawyers Ndungu, Kiai and Mbuthia to claim compensation from the British American Tobacco company for the amputation of his left leg.
He has written to the BAT managing director claiming that his left leg had to be cut off because of clogging of blood vessels arising from the nicotine level in his body.
The case will be the first tobacco-related health suit in Kenya. If it proceeds to a full trial, it is likely to open a floodgate of claims. Massive awards have been made against tobacco companies in countries like Australia and US.
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