A Few Dollars More: Revisiting the Mau Mau Compensation


(image from http://www.maumau.news.uk.msn.com)


A few weeks ago I posted an article entitled ’30 pieces of Weregild’, in which I described the British government’s response to the Mau Mau insurgency and their eventual payment of compensation to those Kenyans directly affected by the actions of the forces of the Crown.

Now the BBC has written a story based on these payouts, which is both astute and well worth reading. The story draws attention to another payout by the British Army, to tribesmen who were injured as a result of ordnance left behind on British ‘Live Fire’ test ranges in Kenya.  Joseph Warungu eloquently draws parallels between the earlier payment to the Maasai and Samburu victims and to the current Mau Mau victims, which might concern some (fear of a rapid change of lifestyle, localised inflation, confidence men etc…), but the BBC eloquently allays fears in this regard also.

Also highlighted by the story is the possibility of claims by the wider Kenyan community with regard to the difficulties encountered during the period, however Britain appears to be limiting the scope of these payments to Mau Mau Veterans alone.

Well worth a read on a coffee break or a few introspective minutes.

About eamonntgardiner

I am a PhD Student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am conducting research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst British First World War veterans serving as Auxiliary Policemen in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. I have previously conducted research into local Irish Volunteer/Old IRA units in Munster as well as British responses to popular insurgencies in areas they administered. I have previously published a book on the British Counterinsurgency responses to the IV/IRA conflict in Ireland, 1919-1921, entitled 'Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict.' I have also published papers on various aspects of that war and also on other insurgencies. I write a regular blog on those and other related matters, which can be read at https://eamonntgardiner.wordpress.com/ My research interests include Feminism and De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism, Insurgency, Police and Military Histories, Institutional Histories. Subaltern Studies, International History of the 20th Century, Modern Irish History, Historiography, History of Conflict, Peace Keeping/Enforcement/Protectorates, Spheres of Influence, Hegemonic Theories, Old and New Terrorism.
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