Kenya’s Mau Mau victims to get damages

AFP-JIJI

Britain on Thursday was expected to announce compensation for thousands of Kenyans who claim they were tortured in prison camps during the 1950s Mau Mau Uprising, according to a government source.

Around 5,000 claimants are each in line to receive more than £2,500 ($3,850), according to British press reports. The Foreign Office said last month that “there should be a debate about the past.”

In a test case, claimants Paulo Muoka Nzili, Wambugu Wa Nyingi and Jane Muthoni Mara last year told Britain’s High Court how they were subjected to torture and sexual mutilation.

Lawyers said that Nzili was castrated, Nyingi severely beaten and Mara subjected to appalling sexual abuse in detention camps during the Mau Mau Uprising. A fourth claimant, Susan Ngondi, has died since legal proceedings began.

At least 10,000 people died during the 1952-60 rebellion, with some sources giving far higher estimates. The guerrillas — often with dread-locked hair and wearing animal skins as clothes — terrorized colonial communities.