Kenya Receives Britain’s King Charles on a Four-day Visit

2 minutes, 15 seconds Read

Britain’s King Charles III on Tuesday arrived in Kenya in company of Queen Camilla, ahead of his four-day state visit.

King Charles’ visit however raised a lot of dust as the locals demanded for apology and compensation following the past tarnished colonial memories. On his first visit as a monarch to a former colony, Charles arrived in Kenya’s capital Nairobi overnight.

On a rainy morning, the King was welcomed to the Presidential Palace by a 21-gun salute and a guard of honour. Accompanied by President William Ruto, King Charles planted trees in the palace grounds.

The Royal Couple then laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Uhuru Gardens, where Kenya declared independence in December 1963.

Charles’ visit comes at a time when former colonies are demanding that Britain do more to recognise the abuses of its colonial past. Some notably; Barbados and Jamaica – have been re-evaluating their ties to the monarchy.

While still heir to the throne, Charles surprised many at last year’s summit of the Commonwealth – a voluntary association of countries that evolved from the British Empire by acknowledging slavery’s role in the organisation’s roots.

Many citizens of former British colonies including leaders of Kenya’s Nandi people want Charles to go further by directly apologizing and endorsing reparations for colonial-era abuses, including torture, killings and widespread expropriation of land, much of which remains in British hands.

Buckingham Palace said the visit would “acknowledge the more painful aspects of the UK and Kenya’s shared history, including the Emergency (1952-1960). His Majesty will take time … to deepen his understanding of the wrongs suffered in this period by the people of Kenya.”


During the 1952-1960 Mau Mau revolt in central Kenya, some 90,000 Kenyans were killed or maimed and 160,000 detained, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) has estimated.

The UK government has previously expressed regret for those abuses and agreed a 20 million pound ($24million) settlement in 2013.

Nandi King Koitalel Arap Samoei led a decade-long rebellion until he was assassinated by a British colonel in 1905. In the ensuing years, the British confiscated most of his people’s land and cattle.

Samoei’s great-grandson Kipchoge araap Chomu credited the British with contributions to Kenya like education and public health systems but said historical injustices must be remedied.

“We have to demand a public apology from the government of the British…,” he told Reuters. “After apologies, we also expect reparation.”

Charles also plans to meet entrepreneurs from Kenya’s bustling tech scene, tour wildlife facilities and travel to the south-eastern port city of Mombasa.

Story by Reuters.

Let others know by sharing

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!