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

Dr. Eamonn T. Gardiner, is a Consulting Historian. He has previously conducted research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst veterans of the First World War serving as Auxiliary Policemen, during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. He has written extensively on British central and colonial administrative responses to popular insurgencies. In 2009 he published 'Counterinsurgency and Conflict: Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War (CSP, 2009).' Published papers include; 'The training of the Irish Volunteers, 1913-1916' (The Irish Sword, 2017); 'Scattered, Ambushed and Laid Out: War and Counterinsurgency in the greater Tuam area, 1919-1921' (JOTS, 2015). Research interests include De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism; Insurgency, Police/Military Histories; Institutional Histories; Modern Irish/World History; History of Conflict, Protectorates and Peace-Keeping; Hegemony; Old and New Terrorism.
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