Thursday, May 23, 2024

Kenya: Kenyan MP Issues Ultimatum for Reparation and Compensation From UK Over Colonial Atrocities

Nairobi — Tiaty MP William Kamket has issued a 48-hour ultimatum demanding reparations and compensation for the families of those massacred during the British Colonial rule in Kenya.

In light of this week’s visit by King Charles III and Queen Camilla to Kenya, Kamket is pushing for compensation for the people of East Pokot who lost their lives and properties during the Kolowa Massacre.

He is urging the British Government to compensate the people of East Pokot with $35,000 for each life lost and $7,000 for each household that lost property.

Kamket emphasized the need for compensation, citing the Kolowa Massacre of 1950, where over 400 Pokot Morans and innocent worshipers of Mafuta Pole were brutally killed by the British Colonial Police.

“In 1950 at Kolowa, one of the many movements that used religion to fight the oppressive British Colonial Rule emerged. Led by Lukas Pkech, the people of East Pokot stood up against the colonial regime in defense of their inalienable right,” Kamket explained.

While acknowledging King Charles III’s expression of deep regret for past atrocities, Kamket believes more should be done to compensate the victims.

“This is a small but significant step in the right direction; however, a better apology would be meeting the people of East Pokot whose families and friends were indeed massacred, as King Charles III stated,” the Tiaty MP noted.

King Charles III’s Apology

During a State Banquet hosted by Kenyan President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto in October 2023, King Charles III expressed deep regret and sorrow for past atrocities committed by the British government during Kenya’s struggle for independence, deeming them “abhorrent and unjustifiable.”