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Simon Ntoruru, one of thousands of Kenyans tortured by the British Army during the Mau Mau rebellion during the 1950s told ITV News the compensation was "not enough money" but he was happy the UK finally acknowledged and regretted the abuse that took place.
"This money is not enough, but [..] what is important is for them to say sorry for what they did."
John Nottingham, a colonial service officer who was posted to Kenya in 1952 and still lives there, told ITV News that rebel fighters held in British camps were "compelled by force" to talk.
The 5,228 elderly victims of British colonial torture in Kenya during the 1950s will split the compensation of £19.9 million between them, receiving an average payout of £3,634.
The government will contest further claims for compensation after agreeing to pay out nearly £20 million to to 5,200 Kenyans who were tortured by the British Army during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s, the Foreign Secretary said today. Mr Hague said:
"It is of course right that those who feel they have a case are free to bring it to the courts.
"However, we will also continue to exercise our own rights to defend claims brought against the Government and we do not believe that this settlement establishes a precedent in relation to any other former British colonial administration."
President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama was among those imprisoned and tortured by the British during the Mau May uprising, The Times reported in 2008.
More than 8,000 Kenyans who claim to be victims of British Army torture during the 1950s are still planning to pursue their case against the government, their lawyers said.
Bryan Cox QC of Tandem Law said today's settlement was "modest" and warned many more thousands of claims are still to come:
"With many more thousands of claims currently unresolved, the matter is far from over. More worryingly, the sums being awarded appear modest; we are very concerned about this.
"Having been in Kenya for the past 14 months taking very detailed witness statements, it is absolutely crucial that the FCO understands, in detail, the very great suffering of all the victims to ensure they are properly compensated."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has applauded the government for the £19.9m compensation settlement they have agreed with Kenyan victims of British torture in the 1950s, saying the money will help people "heal."
Speaking to ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo, he said:
"They have done a positive thing, they should be saluted for that. Let's not spend too much time kicking them under the table.
"You cannot ever set a price for the hurt that was caused to people, but reparations help in the process of healing."
Martyn Day, the lawyer representing the claimants, told ITV News it is "disappointing" that it took this long for the Government to negotiate a settlement for the Kenyan victims of torture:
The Government will pay £19.9 million in compensation to Kenyans tortured during the Mau Mau uprising during the 1950s, the Foreign Secretary has announced.
In a statement to the House of Commons, William Hague said the Government "sincerely regrets" the abuses committed during the colonial era.
Mr Hague said the settlement scheme includes payments for 5,228 claimants.
ITV News Reporter Richard Pallot reports: