Published On: Sat, Mar 14th, 2015


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topi lyambila in Nairobi: – A 100-strong delegation from the Mau Mau Governing Council/Mau Mau Original Trust descended on Parliament on Thursday, to express their gratitude at the proposal by the 11th Parliament to pursue compensation from the British Government.

This will be the second attempt at compensation for the pre-independence atrocities committed by the Colonial British Empire while trying to suppress what they saw as rebellion from Kenyans.

The group led by Ngacha Karani, said they represent all freedom fighters from across the country and not confined to the Mau Mau.  Asked about the previous group that was awarded nearly 20m Sterling pounds, Mr. Karani retorted; “Those were not freedom fighters, they were the Home guards who also helped the British in their endeavor to crash the resistance.”

Maumau 3The uprising was a direct response to colonial rule, unsuccessful partly because of the policy of ‘divide and rule’ which was used by various colonial powers in Africa, whereby the colonialists exploited existing differences between tribal and ethnic groups, pitting them against each other (a policy which would come back to bite hardest in Rwanda in 1994). This policy meant that the uprising failed to gather support across all elements of Kenyan society. The other fundamental reason for the failure of the uprising was the brutality of the British military response, as well as techniques which aimed to reduce support for the rebellion, such as confiscating the livestock of those believed to support the Mau Mau.

The group on Thursday in Nairobi was met by Bungoma Nominated MP Hon. Patrick Wangamati who was flanked by other legislators who had backed the proposal in parliament; Hon. Waweru Nderitu MP Ndaragwa, Hon. Serem MP Nandi, and Hon. John Kihagi MP Naivasha.Mamau 2

Hon Wangamati addressed the group re-affirming the 11th Parliament’s push to have the British Government to come to the table, saying “People suffered at the hands of the colonialists and rightfully they should be compensated without reservations.”
£20 million seems like an awful lot of money, but it averages out at around £3000 per victim (of which there are 5228 surviving); this is evidently a paltry amount considering the scale of the abuse (the treatment in Guantanamo truly pales in comparison), especially when compared to the £2.83 million payout to the families of Baha Mousa and nine other men who died under the custody of British troops in Iraq having been subject to torture.It is to this end that the current group is claiming a whopping 41+ trillion sterling pounds (41,011,703,500.00 BPs).  The other legislators also addressed the gathering which included a 100-year old woman who claimed she fought in the forest alongside the men.


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