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Mau mau veterans want land allocation hastened

10 September 2013, 14:03 Joseph Njung’eh

Members of the Mau mau Veterans Association have asked the government to speed up the process of allocating them land.

Through their national chairman, Elijah Kinyua, alias General Bahati, the association said many of them are squatters despite their efforts of securing the country from colonial masters.

While speaking at Kamukunji stadium in Nyeri during the association’s national elections, Bahati lamented that they were dispossessed of their ancestral land as they fought against colonialism.

He stated that most of the fighters were imprisoned and others put in detention whilst their families were put in concentration camps or colonial villages and have been landless ever since.

The veteran also denied reports that members of the Mau mau Veterans Association have been compensated with the KES 2.8 billion payout that was released by the British government.

He however said that a delegation of the fighters from various affiliate groups will soon leave for Britain to press for the compensation and asked the government to give them legal back up.

Mwai Muthigi, the association’s Secretary General, dismissed the British government’s statistics that identified 5 228 people as the only legitimate fighters to benefit from the compensation plan.

He said it was discriminatory since around 1.6 million people out of the country’s total population of 6 million people during independence went to war.

During the elections, all the current office bearers were endorsed for another term by participants who were drawn from various parts of the country.

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