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Britain to compensate only 5 228 mau mau veterans

02 July 2013, 17:11 James Kabotia

The British Government has made it clear that the cash compensation for the mau mau war veterans will be only be made to the specific 5,228 people to demonstrate that they were indeed subjected to atrocities during the emergency period.

Britain, through its High Commissioner to Kenya Dr. Christian Turner said that the Kenyan media has been reporting on the wider compensation of the mau mau war veterans, stating that only the persons who suffered torture and personal injuries will be eligible for compensation.

“The question of cash settlement for the mau mau has sparked a lot of debates in the Kenyan media. Wider compensation would imply that anyone who was involved in the mau mau movement was eligible for compensation, said Dr. Turner.

The envoy said that the British law stipulates compensation only for personal injury which the court could agree on.

“A journalist once asked the leader of the mau mau war veteran association whether the amount being given by Britain is enough but he responded that the cash was not enough compared to the torture he underwent during emergency period,” said the High Commissioner.

Dr. Turner said that he made the announcement last month that the British government had reached a settlement agreement with the mau mau war veterans association through the Kenyan Human Rights Commission and Kenyan lawyers on the case running in the London High Courts for the last four years.

He said that the British government used the word ‘regret’ because the word ‘apology’ carries a broader legal connotation in the British law.

He said, “They acknowledged and deeply regretted the atrocities that were carried out during the emergency period."

Dr. Turner also said that they had also agreed to erect a memorial in Kenya in honour of all those who suffered during the emergency period, adding that they are consulting with the war veterans association and the human rights commission on the issue.

He said that they have six months to erect the memorial monument.

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