Britain sorry for Kenya colonial massacresFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi , Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – COLONIAL master Britain has apologised for the killing of thousands of opponents to the country’s colonialism of Kenya over 60 years ago.
High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, conveyed his country’s apologies in the capital Nairobi during the anniversary of the inauguration of a memorial to victims of torture and ill-treatment during the colonial era.
“I am humbled by your dignity, your understanding and your capacity for forgiveness,” Hailey said.
Britain’s violations to resistance of its colonization of Kenya from 1888 mainly targeted the Mau Mau rebels.
The East African country was under emergency rule between 1952 and 1959, Kenya was in a state of emergency because of the rebellion.
By the end of the emergency, the British Home Guard had killed 4 686 Mau Mau members.
This was over 40 percent of the Mau Mau membership.
Kenya eventually attained independence in 1963 under Jomo Kenyatta.
Hailey said the memorial this past weekend was a symbol of reconciliation between the British government, Mau Mau, and all victims of the emergency period in Kenya.
“It also offers the opportunity to move on, recognising that reconciliation is a process, not a single event.”
– CAJ News
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