A section of Mau Mau veterans is demanding a settlement of Ksh364 trillion from the British Government over torture inflicted on them during the colonial period.
The group noted that a section of the funds would be used to settle Kenya's national debt which stands at Ksh9.4 trillion.
“We have calculated what the British Government owes us, which is Ksh364 trillion.
“It can seem like a hefty sum but it is a fair amount considering the atrocities and pilfering that was committed during the colonial period,” the veterans announced in a statement to the press.
The veterans announced that they were not seeking repatriation for personal gains but to foster the national good.
“After we are paid the money, we will give it to the government which will be used to settle the national debt,” they revealed.
Considering Kenya’s debt is only Ksh9.4 trillion and the veterans will be expecting a windfall of Ksh364 trillion, they had lofty plans for the remaining sum.
The plan involved dividing the remaining amount with all Kenyans.
“Once the government has cleared existing loans, the remaining cash will be distributed equally to all Kenyans,” they told the press.
They explained why every Kenyan deserves a share noting, "While not every Kenyan fought in Mau Mau, the atrocities committed by colonialists affected everybody.”
The statement from the veterans came three days after a section of the group from Embu County accused the government of withholding Ksh21 trillion paid to them by the British Government as compensation.
“We were awarded the money in 2015 but successive governments have refused to distribute it to us.
“We urge President William Ruto’s government to distribute the money to counties so that we can be awarded our share,” the veterans stated on Monday, January 9.