'Don't disburse Mau Mau funds'
10 June 2013, 12:21
Over 7 000 Mau Mau freedom fighters have urged the government to stop the disbursement of the KES 2.6 billion UK compensation saying they were not included in the list.
The angry freedom fighters said that they were not part of the 5 228 Mau Mau freedom fighters who have been enlisted to benefit from the UK compensation adding that all those who suffered should be compensated.
Speaking in Nyeri town, the veterans led by their leader Captain Nderitu Wambugu said the exercise should be halted and a fresh head count conducted adding that they are the genuine Mau Mau fighters.
He said the list of beneficiaries included members of the group led by Gitu Kahengeri and so they should not be excluded.
“I doubt whether we freedom fighters from Nyeri County have been included in the list which was said to have 5 228 freedom fighters. The Kahengeri-led group did not represent the interests of genuine freedom fighters,” he said.
Wambugu at the same time said the money released was just peanuts and instead urged the UK government to pay KES 200 million each freedom fighter and additional of KES 28 million for every child who dropped out of school during the colonial rule after the British burnt down schools.
Wambugu who spoke on behalf of over 50 others who were present said they will not relent until they are fully paid.
They claimed that secret forms were filled by some elders claiming to be Mau Mau fighters without involving bona fide members.
The group added that on June 1, a team of British and local lawyers and a representative of the Kenya Human Rights Commission met at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi without consulting the war veterans.
He added that they started reading mischief few months ago when some members received a letter directing them to register for compensation.
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