Kenyan Mau Mau Veterans Want Charles III to Give Them Royal Remedies

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Gitu Wa Kahengeri, an anti-colonial rebel who was imprisoned, tortured, and denied food in a British-run labor camp in Kenya more than 60 years ago, claims he is still waiting for justice.

Gitu, who is now in his nineties, has intensified his demands that the British government issue an apology and pay restitution when King Charles III is in the nation of East Africa.

After a disagreement with the principal on his anti-colonial sentiments, Gitu left school as a teenager. As a young man, he joined the feared Mau Mau rebels.

The rebels, who frequently had animal pelts on their heads and dreadlocked hair, terrorized white settlers for almost eight years by attacking from strongholds deep within isolated jungles.

Known as the “white highlands” because to their rolling green hills and lush woods, central Kenya was much sought after by colonial immigrants. This led to the ethnic Kikuyu people of Gitu feeling driven off their country and harboring profound hatred.

The 1952 uprising began a few months after Winston Churchill, then the British prime minister, announced a state of emergency. This opened the door for a harsh crackdown.

In camps where rumors of executions, torture, and severe beatings were frequent, tens of thousands of people were apprehended and held without being given a chance to defend themselves.

After a year of violence, Gitu and his father were taken into custody and taken to a distant island in the Indian Ocean.

The Mau Mau revolt claimed the lives of almost 10,000 individuals, a number some historians believe to be an underestimate.

Tens of thousands of Kenyans, many of whom had no connection to the Mau Mau, suffered horrifying treatment at the hands of security personnel, including horrific genital mutilation and torture.

During their four-day state visit, Prince Charles and his wife Queen Camilla, according to Buckingham Palace, will “acknowledge the more painful aspects” of colonial history.

Gitu is aware of the significance of Charles’ first visit to a Commonwealth nation since ascending to the throne, though.

Gitu, a former lawmaker who was elected to the parliament in 1969, urged Charles to go beyond the public expression of contrition for wrongdoing and “sincerely and voluntarily” return any artifacts that were seized.

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