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New lease of life for 'left out' Mau Mau veterans

26 March 2014, 18:52 William Korir

Nairobi - There is a new lease of life for Mau Mau veterans who were left out of the initial payoff package by the United Kingdom after a new payment scheme was launched

Mau Mau veterans who did not benefit from the initial KES 2.6 Billion pay out from the British government have until May 30 to file their claims, lawyers involved in the case said on Tuesday.

This is after revelations that the High Court in Britain had extended the deadline for submitting claims from April 30 to May 30.

 “Tandem Law will accept new genuine claimants upto until 5pm on April 30, 2014 to enable the firm to effectively process and verify new claims,” a statement from the lawyers representing the veterans said.

The case 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.

According to Miller genuine claimants coming forward after April 30 can still register a claim, by contacting one the other four firms involved in the group litigation that include GT Law, Knights Law, Slater and Gordon or PKKamau/Glassbrooks.

“Our aim is to secure adequate and long-overdue financial compensation for claimants. In doing so we need to go to court to reach a settlement on behalf of our clients,” he said.

The lead solicitor for Tandem Law, Mr Freddie Cosgrove-Gibson, said progress had been made in the group litigation order although no agreement has been reached with UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

“Negotiations regarding settlement are not currently taking place. We remain committed to work with the court and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) bring these matters to a speedy and satisfactory conclusion,” Mr Cosgrove-Gibson.

Recently, the Law Society of Kenya said it wanted the High Court in Britain to give more time to potential claimants seeking Mau Mau compensation to come on board.

Chairman Eric Mutua said LSK had appointed Mr Fraser Whitehead of Slater and Gordon Lawyers of the UK to file a case in court to push for the inclusion of more claimants in the Mau Mau case.



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