Freedom fighters lose compensation case in London Court

Written By: Hunja Macharia

Rift valley council of elders want the national Government to compensate some 41,000 surviving members of Kenyan freedom fighters after a London court dismissed their case.

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A group of Mau Mau veterans had lodged a case in a British court seeking compensation for torture meted on them by the colonial government.

It was an unceremonious end to the quest to receive compensation for atrocities committed by the British government during the struggle for independence on the 41000 freedom fighters after they lost their case before a British court.

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The surviving freedom fighters had hoped to get an allocation from the United Kingdom just like the 5,228 Kenyans, mostly Mau Mau veterans, who had sued earlier and got a total of 2.7 billion shillings in an out-of-court settlement reached in 2013.

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Led by the group’s patron Gilbert Kabage who termed the dismissal as unfortunate, the veterans said the Kenyan government has an obligation to compensate them after they were denied justice abroad.

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According to him, there was no need to celebrate Mashujaa day if the freedom fighters were still languishing in poverty without any support from the government.

Kabage accusing the British court of failing to address critical matters raised in the after the judge struck it out on grounds that the case was filed out of time.

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In the judgment, Justice Stewart of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court said the time difference from the time the alleged atrocities happened and when the case was lodged was too long to enable a competent trial.



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