Britons sought to hide Mau Mau deaths
Files reveal how British officials tried to conceal killings in Kenya during the 1950s.
Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:16PM GMT
Fresh documents have revealed how British authorities sought to cover-up the killings of 11 prisoners during the Mau Mau uprising, which took place in the 1950s in Kenya, local media reported.
The full story of the British government’s attempts to conceal a massacre of unarmed prisoners during the 1950s of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya has been disclosed with the declassification of secret files that were held for 50 years inside a secret archive in the Foreign Office, British media reported.
According to reports, the documents show that British ministers and officials were claiming that the prisoners had died after “drinking too much water”.
This was long after the disclosure of the truth: that all 11 men had been beaten to death by prison warders, some suffering fractured skulls and jaws and several others dying from organ failure caused by shock.
Foreign Office files, released by the National Archives, state that the prison camp was one of many, where suspected people of the opposition were detained by British colonial forces, often in poor conditions.
The files also showed that a plan had been made by colonial authorities, which allowed prison staff to use physical force to make detainees work if they refused.
Apart from the disclosing documents of the prison camp deaths in Kenya, the secret archives, held at Hanslope Park in north London also holds some late-colonial files from other parts of the world.
This is while that many of the most controversial files were destroyed under the instructions of ministers.
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