Law expert pushes govt to seek Britain compensation for Malawi war vets

A Malawi legal expert Ralph Mhone has asked Malawi government press for compensation from its former colonial master the Britain to thousands of Malawians who were tortured during an anti-colonial uprising late 1950s.

Ralph Mhone;  Compesation needed

Ralph Mhone; Compesation needed

Mhone who is also the legislator for Nkhata-bay Central constituency said this to Malawians who gathered for the commemoration of Martyrs’ Day in northern district of Nkhata-bay whose them was God is Our Light and Salvation.

During the ceremony where President Peter Mutharika was represented by Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe, Mhone said Malawi is likely to win the case because even Britons themselves know that Malawians were not rebels but unarmed freedom fighters who were fighting the highly armed colonial forces.

“It’s high time Malawi should seek compensation from Britain because out martyrs died because they were fighting for freedom which we enjoy today. They were not criminals,” he said.

Mhone said Malawi is likely to get the compensation as was the case in Kenya where Britain has compensated thousands of people whose families were killed during the British orchestrated killings in the 1950s.

As many as 90,000 Kenyans were killed or tortured and 160,000 more were forced into concentration camps during eight years of Mau Mau mayhem and bloodshed during the 1950s.

Britain announced an out-of-court settlement of about $30.5m which was split between 5,200 victims, leaving about $4,100 per claimant in a country where the average person earns just $821 a year.

Making a landmark apology before Britain’s parliament, Foreign Secretary William Hague expressed regret over “abhorrent violations of human dignity” that took place more than half a century ago.

Malawi’s former President Bingu wa Mutharika once asked the country’s law experts to investigate whether Britain compensated Malawi soldiers who fought in the two world wars.

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27 thoughts on “Law expert pushes govt to seek Britain compensation for Malawi war vets”

  1. Kangankude says:

    Go ahead bwana

  2. Okay says:

    Koma tsono ndaona kuti ku Kayaku fans yake ndi yaliuma zedi ngati othena agwape. No wonder when it comes to butchering them, they go in mass. Anganya, mwatani kodi? Ma copy cats basi. The fact that so so sought compensation does it compel us to seek the same?A machita bwino ndi awo amangothawako mikangonoyo ndikukhazikika mMakhetamu.

  3. enuf said says:

    Okay
    And while this case is in court for 10 years

    British won’t help us with anything in Form of aid

    And what next

    We lost!!!
    So fucken Dumb

    I don’t know why Malawians are always digging Graves and looking for free money

    y can’t Mr Mhone talk of more important issues like

    Childhood pregnancy
    Cashgate
    Corruption
    And false promises from all his fellow MPs Including himself

    Give us a break
    and don’t make us lough

  4. ujeni says:

    Where were you all this time. Just concentrate to develop small Malawi than wasting time. 50 years of independence yet you have nothing to show in your self rule. Before you ask the British, can the july 20 vitims families get compensation and those involved in the killing jailed, can the Mutharika return the money used for building Ndata, can the Kamuzu family and MCP compensate the many victims. We have to sort ourselves first before we look for compensation from external factors.

    1. Think Tank says:

      Ujeni,do those parts while Mhone does what he has pointed out.

      1. ujeni says:

        You think the Brits are stupid like you

        1. Think Tank says:

          ujeni,you are more stupid than Caligula ever was.

        2. Think Tank says:

          Ujeni,you are more stupid than Caligula was. Scum of the earth.

  5. MBACHI says:

    Goodall should apologise to Malawians on behalf of his late father for siding the whites during the fight for freedom. It is paining us when we see you in Nkhata bay.

  6. Achimidzimidzi says:

    This is worthy discussions. Let British government compensate the families which lost members.

    I second, your Lordship, Sir.

  7. Mbonga Matoga says:

    Lawyers are people who like reaping where they did not sow. Compensation is the only word in the lawyers vocabulary because that is how they make a living, what a shame. How can our country develop when we have more lawyers than farmers, engineers, entrepreneurs etc.
    Next time we will hear them talking about the Ngoni people to compensate the people they attacked, killed and displaced during their invasions of the Maravi kingdom. Then they will talk about the Arabs and Yao people who indulged themselves in the slave trade.

  8. Sacks Chilli says:

    I have always wondered when our government would take this issue up with Britain, even before Kenya took their claim to the courts. In Nkhata Bay evidence in the form of graves is there for everyone to see, and some eye witnesses are still alive to tell the story.
    Well done Ralph!!

  9. Achimwene says:

    Umphawi basi! Mwaona lero zimenezo? Kuzolowera kupempha basi. Britain has helped Malawi kuyambira kalekale and I believe they were doing that as a compensation. Britain has no any right to give aid to the stupid and aid appetite Malawi. Asiyeni azungu. Lets concentrate on bulding Malawi ourselves. Tigwire ntchito osamangopempha, kumapeza zizungu zopemphera basi.

  10. abuba says:

    Is this Mugabe’s style…..remember this is what painted zimbabwe black .

  11. Mtchona wopanda mano says:

    We need the money now. May be we can reduce our poverty levels and move from our number one position!

  12. SIBWENI says:

    iiiiiiiiih kaya….musolva

  13. Zebron h banda says:

    It’s indisputable that not only Britain committed atrocities on Malawi,but all colonists involved then should compensate all African countries they colonised.Israel got from Germanyand Kenya.Well ,it’s time for a class actioin lawsuit by the AU against the colonialists.mr John Block must answer for his action on orders he made to shoot all those innocent freedom swwkers at Nkhata-bay and everywhere else-if he is still alive.

  14. hendrina says:

    kumeneko ndiye kubwera. let that compensation come plz. keep on fighting Ada Mhone Ralph.

  15. Kokotowa says:

    Is the lawyer asking for compensation for war vets or for those who fought the colonialists?

  16. vetran says:

    congrats mr mhone

  17. Nkhombokombo says:

    Go deeper man of Law! They must pay for even our present suffering! Agologolo akanganyawa!

  18. special advisor says:

    What compensation? Did mombela ngonis pay the west Nyasa Tonga’s even a chicken for harassing them? How much in free aid money has the Queen’s governmen been giving us for free, including generous scholarships? Forget the past. Best up. Dust up. Charge forward and be a republic of Malawi. This shameful noise must stop!

  19. George Lihoma. says:

    Amene aja anali aBingu,the big kahuna.He could see the bottom of a valley where 99% couldnt.Lero zomwe iyeyo anayambapo kunena ena omwe ankamunyooza ayambano kunenanena za compensation’zi. Hahahahaha.

  20. They need to compansate not only for the 1950s atrocities but also for dragging the nyasas into both the 1st and the 2nd world wars. When we ask for help they behave as if we did not help them during the wars. They are world powers today coz of many unwilling countries that shedded blood in a war they did not about. The conditions they attach to aid is nothing compared with the forced sacrifice during their useless two wars.

  21. ochewa says:

    Iiii a Mhone tazisiyani, analeka kupanga kamuzu zimenezo bwanji. Mwangopsyatu apa, kalekale 1950 all this time munali kuti? And you yourself just heard the histrory, you were not there. All are dead by now. musawanamize anthu liz lets move on.

    1. Think Tank says:

      Ochewa,you are mixing your facts. I think its you chewa who say “mlandu siuwola.” Even if Mhone was not there,he is still representating the people of Central Constituency who were the majority to be shot. You dont have any idea what the deaths of these people have inflicted on the lives of the decendents. Looking from far it is easy.if Kenyans got compesations for what happened in early fifties,why do we deny ouselves on flimsy decadent excuses.

  22. bololo wa chitumbuka says:

    Am Total agree with that

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