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Torture victim: The important thing is the apology

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."

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Government to contest further Mau Mau torture claims

Mau Mau fighters pictured in the 1950s. Credit: Kenyan National Archives

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."

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Mau Mau torture claims 'far from over'

Daniel Macharia, a member of the Mau Mau War Veterans Association, salutes during a news conference today.
Daniel Macharia, a member of the Mau Mau War Veterans Association, salutes during a news conference today. Credit: Reuters/Noor Khamis

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."

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Desmond Tutu applauds torture compensation

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."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, speaking to ITV Africa Correspondent, Rohit Kachroo.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said a price cannot be put on the hurt the torture caused, but compensation will the help victims heal. Credit: ITV News

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."

Watch: UK to pay £19.9 million in Mau Mau torture settlement

UK to pay £19.9 million in Mau Mau torture settlement

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:

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