Mau Mau torture victims win ruling against UK government

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High Court in London ruled that three Kenyans tortured by British colonial authorities can proceed with their case against the UK government. They argued that tho ugh the torture and abuse happened during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising, time should not be a hindrance to justice.

Veterans clap, cheer and dance as news comes through from London of high court ruling that they can claim compensation


“This is a historic judgement”, said the lawyers representing Paulo Muoka Nzili, Wambuga Wa Nyingi and Jane Muthoni Mara. The case will now go to a full trial. But last year, the High Court ruled that claimants - had “arguable cases in law”. The claimant’s lawyers claim that Mr Nzili was castrated, Mr Nyingi was severely beaten and Mrs Mara was subjected to appalling sexual abuse in detention camps. Thousands of people were killed during the Mau Mau revolt against British rule in Kenya (see story in page 18-19) “I am very, very happy. The British government has done justice because it is a just government,” said Wambugu Wa Nyingi, 85, speaking in the Kikuyu language. “I just wanted the truth to be out. Even the children of my children should know what happened,” he said. However, this ruling spells fear for British government. It is afraid that Kenyans’ victory will pave way for others groups to take action against UK government for torture and abuse suffered during colonial-era. There are fears that such ruling will lead to further cases brought about by allegations from countries such as Cyprus and Aden. - By Florence Kanaiya