Mau Mau … Wakenya ruksa kuishitaki serikali ya Uingereza
Washukiwa wa kundi la Mau Mau walivyowekwa vizuizini katika miaka ya 1950 hadi 1960.
Four elderly Kenyans have been told they can sue the Foreign Office for their alleged torture by British colonial authorities 50 years ago.
The High Court said the group could seek damages over their treatment during the 1950s and 60s.
Mr Justice McCombe said the claimants had an “arguable case” and it would be “dishonourable” to block the action.
Ministers say the UK government is not responsible for the actions of the colonial administration.
The decision means that the government will have to defend accusations of torture, murder, sexual assault and other alleged abuses at a full damages trial in 2012.
The four Kenyans, Ndiku Mutwiwa Mutua, Paulo Muoka Nzili, Wambugu Wa Nyingi and Jane Muthoni Mara, all in their 70s and 80s, say ministers in London approved systematic abuse in special camps. A fifth claimant has died since the action began.
Kwa ufupi, imeonekana kwamba Raia wa Kenya walioathiriwa na udhalimu dhidi ya washukiwa wa Mau Mau katika miaka ya 1950 hadi 1960 wanaweza kuishitaki serikali ya Uingereza kwa udhalimu uliofanywa dhidi yao. Mpaka sasa kuna wazee wanne waliopeleka madai yao. Wapiganaji Mau Mau walikuwa wakipinga utawala wa Kikoloni dhidi ya nchi ya Kenya. Ingawa vita hivyo havikufaulu kuung’oa utawala wa kikoloni lakini vilikuwa na mchango mkubwa katika kuishinikiza Uingereza kuipa Kenya uhuru wake.
Ama kwa hakika haki haipotei … hata ikandamizwe vipi … na mapambano lazima yaendelezwe, kikubwa ni kupigania haki.
Chanzo cha habari na picha: BBC news, 21 July 2011.