The new British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, has today visited the Mau Mau memorial in Nairobi.
The UK-funded memorial remembers Kenyans who were killed and tortured by British forces during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s, and was part of a 2013 out-of-court settlement by the UK government when it agreed to pay £20m in compensation to Mau Mau veterans.
At the time the British government also expressed “sincere regret” for abuses committed under colonial rule.
When the statue was unveiled last year, thousands of veterans crowded into the memorial site in Nairobi to witness the historic unveiling.
The statue shows a woman handing food to a Mau Mau fighter, with their faces turned away so they could not reveal the other’s identity if caught by the British authorities.
During the Mau Mau campaign, tens of thousands of Kenyans were held in detention camps during the Mau Mau campaign, many suffering abuses including beatings, rape and castration.
— Nic Hailey (@HCNicHailey) December 11, 2015
Speaking at the unveiling in September 2015, former UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Doctor Christian Turner said: “The memorial stands as a symbol of reconciliation between the British government, the Mau Mau, and all those who suffered during the emergency period”.