by: Socialist Worker
published: 6 Jun 2013
In a momentous move the government has today, Thursday, agreed to compensate Kenyans tortured by the British during the 1950s Mau Mau war.
Foreign secretary William Hague apologised in parliament to Kenyan victims pledging that Britain would make a payment to survivors totalling £19.9 million and would “support the construction of a memorial in [Kenya’s capital ] Nairobi” to victims of torture.
Following negotiations with the war veteran’s lawyers, the settlement now encompass some 5,228 people.
But once costs have been taken off, this leaves about £2,500 per torture victim in what the government declares a “full and final settlement”.