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Mau Mau descendants want to be enjoined in UK compensation suit

11 August 2014, 09:17 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The sons and daughters of Mau Mau freedom fighters want to be enjoined in a lawsuit filed by former freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi’s wife, Mukami Kimathi in a British court.

The group under the banner 'Mau Mau Foundation Group' is collecting one million signatures to support their demands in court and be compensated for atrocities committed against their parents by British soldiers during struggle for independence.

The Group Secretary Micheal King’ori said, "Mau Mau descendants should be included in the new agenda that will also demand the tabulated financial earmarked liaise with formulated programme for and on behalf of Mau Mau fraternity."

Early this year, Mukami Kimathi together with other Mau Mau veterans who did not benefit from the KES 2.6 billion released last year by British Government filed their claims at a UK court through lawyer Cecil Miller.

The KES 2.6 billion compensation only benefited 5 228 people.

The litigation in UK is related to the torture, mistreatment, forced labour and wrongful detention of Mau Mau fighters by the British government during the 1952 State of Emergency.

King’ori told journalists at a Nyeri hotel that they should be paid KES 13 trillion as compensation from the British government.

“Now that the government has acknowledged historical and distribution question and since there is land lying idle like Solio ranch phase two, it should be handed to Mau Mau sons and daughters through their foundation. It will contribute towards the healing process of the historical injustices ever committed to our parents. We shall approach a law firm that will go to court if this demand is not met,” King’ori said.

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