Newsletter 07/13 - Apologies and fair compensations to the tortured Mau Mau
On June 6, 2013 the British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the Parliament that the Government had reached an agreement with the Kenyan citizens which had denounced it for the torture and abuse suffered during the brutal repression of the independence movement in Kenya by the British colonial government in the fifties and early sixties of the last century. The British Government has recognized that "Kenyans have been subject to torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of the colonial administration", it has expressed its "sincere regret" and has agreed compensations for 2,600 pounds (about 3,000 euro) for each of the 5,228 applicants.
It is evident that the British Government has accepted the agreement, after opposing for four years and loosing twice in front of the High Court in London, forced by the circumstances and only to minimize the damage. The recognition that "Kenyans have been subject of torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of the colonial administration" requires an in-depth investigation and the punishment of persons guilty of these crimes, the "sincere regret" expressed must convert into sincere apologies and the compensation of 2,600 pounds must become a fair and guaranteed compensation to all the tortured Mau Mau. To this end, it is certainly useful to recall that in the years immediately following the abolition of slavery the former slave-owners received compensations for 40,000 pounds at current value for each slave freed (about 57,000 euros).
Colonialism Reparation calls on the United Kingdom to immediately apologize and pay fair compensations to the Mau Mau for the torture and abuse systematically carried out by the British colonial government during the brutal repression of the independence movement in Kenya and calls on the British government to publish with no delay the documents survived to the systematic cancellation, kept for more than half a century by the Ministry of foreign affairs in the secret archive of Hanslope Park.