Africa Aware: Colonial land reparations in Kenya

Assessing the movement to win justice for communities displaced during the colonial era.

Audio Published 20 May 2022 Updated 3 August 2022 27 minute listen

Yusuf Hassan

Former Parliamentary, Media and Outreach Officer, Africa Programme

This episode of Africa Aware examines colonial land reparations, focusing on the Kipsigis and Talai clans of Kericho county in Kenya. Between 1895 and 1963 inhabitants of the county were evicted from their lands to make way for lucrative tea plantations owned by settlers.

Governor Paul Chepkwony, Rodney Dixon QC and Maureen Okoth outline their efforts to engage with the UK Government to receive reparations and an apology for human rights violations the victims they represent suffered and continue to be affected by. In 2021, the UN recommended that the UK Government should at a minimum meet with the victims and then discuss compensation, an apology as well as memorialisation.