King Charles, on a state visit to Kenya, has expressed his deepest regret and sorrow for the atrocities suffered by Kenyans during their struggle for independence from British colonial rule. However, he stopped short of issuing a formal apology, as demanded by survivors and local rights groups calling for reparations from the British government. Speaking at a state banquet, the King acknowledged the abhorrent acts of violence committed by the British but stated that there could be no excuse for these actions.
While some citizens of former British colonies, including leaders of Kenya's Nandi people, want a direct apology and reparations, Charles' visit aimed to deepen his understanding of the wrongs committed and meet those affected. In response to his remarks, Kenyan President William Ruto praised Charles for shedding light on uncomfortable truths and his courage in acknowledging past injustices.
The Mau Mau revolt, which took place from 1952 to 1960, resulted in the death, injury, and detention of thousands of Kenyans. In 2013, Britain expressed regret for these abuses and paid a settlement of £20 million to Kenyan victims. However, activists argue that more needs to be done to achieve full reparations and a public apology.
During his visit, Charles also engaged in other activities, including planting trees at the Uhuru Gardens, visiting an urban farm project, and attending a state banquet with Queen Camilla. The royal couple was warmly received by Kenyan officials, emphasizing the importance of the visit in strengthening the relationship between the two nations.