Malawi pre-independence massacre survivor demands K65 bn compensation from Britain

John Jacob Kazawala Chunda, a survivor of the March, 1959 massacre that saw over fifty one Malawians shot dead by British forces in Nkhata Bay, has written the British government demanding a €100 million (about K65 billion) compensation for the atrocities the colonial master inflicted on them.

British envoy Michael Nevin: Compesation issue does not arise

British envoy Michael Nevin: Compesation issue does not arise

Chunda, who said he intends to share the money with thirty three other families that were equally affected by the massacre, delivered his letter of complaint to the British High Commission offices in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe.

According to Chunda, the letter has been addressed to the British government “through the British High Commissioner to Malawi Michael Nevin.”

Nevin is yet to respond to the request but he told local press about nine days ago that the “issue of compensation does not arise.”

A legal expert, Ralph Mhone, had asked the Malawi government to ask for compensation from the UK on behalf of thousands of Malawians who were killed and tortured during the anti-colonial uprising in the late 1950s.

“We’re saddened by any loss. [But] we have not had any discussion with the government of Malawi on this matter and do not consider the issue of compensation arises,” Nevin had told Nation on Sunday.

But Chunda insisted that, just like in Kenya where Britain compensated those that were tortured in the Mau Mau uprising, they were entitled to something.

“It was a horrendous experience,” he said. “The massacre aborted our dreams, hopes and aspirations. It will only be fair if we are compensated.”

Malawi sets aside the 3rd of March every year to commemorate Freedom Day in memory of the fallen fighters.

During this year’s commemoration Mhone, also Nkhata Bay Central parliamentarian said “the mere fact that they were innocently killed warrants compensation from those responsible.”

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35 thoughts on “Malawi pre-independence massacre survivor demands K65 bn compensation from Britain”

  1. Apereke amenewo asapondereze. Many countries were compensated. Why not Malawi? Amafuna kumaipondereza basi. Tinkhani ting’ono ting’ono ngati ta ma gay, ndiye chintu kuno ali sitikupatsanai thandizo. Agalu inu…

  2. Chemtukanika says:

    Then to those who suffered during Kamuzu,Bakili,Bingu,Joyce and those suffering under Peter must be considered as well.

  3. Jang`ala says:

    Day dreaming at its best. How can u claim compansation this time? Where were u all this tme? Waona kuti ndalama zakuthera wati ulowere imeneyi. Walemba mmadzi N’dala. Pitani kumuzi muzikalima mupeze ndalama. Nothing sweet falls on a silver plater without sweat

  4. Stout says:

    If there is merit in this claim, what about those innocently killed/tortured since independence? As a nation already on its knees economically we cant afford it or can we off load resposibility on the West somehow?
    I am sorry for their losses and hardships but it seems a little greedy and self serving to me.

  5. 1959 says:

    Awa ndiye maluzi. Ask your money from Richard Amstrong (kamuzu). He received the compensation from the British on our behalf in the 1970s. Sorry, he cashgated all the money

  6. Mboba says:

    where were they all this tym? 56yrs gone, nw claiming for compensation simply bcoz chakwera said so! Ooh wat a shame? Ngati uli umphawi kapena ma floods jst find another alternative or way of begging rather than building castles in the air. Dat z a pipeline dream! Zitayeni madala.

  7. proud parent says:

    They have compasated us already by giving us aid for the fifty years we have BN independent. All of us have benefited in one way or the other. And the figures being claimed does not show seriousness on the part of the survivor. We need that money as aid to benefit the whole country. Stop dreaming.

  8. Kanyimbi says:

    A crime does not rot. Compasation is indeed needed.

  9. chikomdi Gondwe says:

    Inded the deserve smthing 4m British government

  10. chris says:

    Is it not statue barred looking at the long period nanga amangwetu suing after 56 six years

  11. Kadauluka Kadzatera says:

    These families deserve the compensation in all fairness!! I hope the British Government will do the needful.

  12. mdabyola wa mdabyola says:

    These guys did a lot against our welbeing and now let the shadow follow its master

  13. harvey milanga says:

    Let Uk be held accountable for their misdeeds

  14. Eyaaa says:

    I am going to MCP to ask for compensation in billions too for the brutality they effected on my family.

  15. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Compensate the victimized people. Otherwise you’ll answer genocide charges in court..

    Mzungu should not be smart here, he committed a crime therefore he needs to be accountable. We are not subhumans, so why were you trying to finish us.

  16. A Tonga Mba- vyo says:

    J.Chunda a survivor? how? Did he survive gun shot/s or one of his parents was gunned down? Be careful with Tongas. They are mostly cunning people. He may just want to be a hero or an opportunist.

  17. Masoambeta says:

    I doubt UK would pay money for compensation.
    Besides, the poverty we are experiencing now is the fault of our corrupt politicians. Where is all the aid money Britain pours into capital hill??

  18. Jelbin mk says:

    But don’t try to channel the compensation through the Malawi government if effected because the victims will not get their shares fairly remember those miners who were supposed to get some gratuities and other benefits including compensation where necessary from the South African government during Muluzi’s tenure of office, they only got K1 000 each from wenera centres across the country. This happened without the people being told how much did the South African government channel to our government,this government of ours needs a serious reform not just a mere talk as is the case now transparency is a foreign thing in our country and accountability is a taboo to hear.

  19. Prynce Bleu says:

    After the second “world war” , the Germans paid the Jews millions of Dollars in compensation.
    Why is it hard to follow suit with Africans?

  20. Big brain says:

    Apeleke olovthey must close and go

    1. proud parent says:

      Who is going to suffer? Leave them alone.

  21. Kafyala says:

    While the call for compesation is just and fair,this man Chunda is fond of highjacking other people’s ideas and make them his own. He will be bragging he started the issue. Mr Nevin should not put a diplomatic veneer on the issue. All he needs to do is alert Foreign Office about it. And our Government should not suppress the issue because it was started by an opposition MP. Already one of their top officials has been bragging the government will frustrate Mhone because he was in the team of those proscuting the president in the case which has been stopped. He is a lawyers and he practices law when he is hired. It had nothing to do with personalities.

  22. Mack Banda says:

    MK65bn? Malawian Thieves!!!!

  23. Totoooba says:

    Have u arrived in the world today where were you since 1959 You just want easy miney do farming in your place a lot of water my freind no one will give u a penny

  24. chilombo says:

    Koma mwazipempha mochedwa mutakalamba kale,mudyapo zochepa zotsalazo zidzukulu zanu zikanyengela azungu ku Chikale Beach

  25. Mtupatupa says:

    Much as we knw that our government is corrupt when it comes to money, but the issue could have been better to be handed by government.. Malawi government should have all the data of all the people that were massacred by the Britons and negotiate for the compasations once not in portions as has been done.

  26. fkr says:

    you obviously don’t.know your history very well. compensation was paid a long time ago to the Malawi government. remember history always had 3 sides.

  27. kanundu says:

    Mhone akungofuna kuwabera a Malawi. Mwaiwala momwe Raph mmene anabera. Mhone munthu odzikonda ngati uyu angathandize ndani. Kuba basi.

  28. More is needed please!and what about those who fought the the british course during first and second world war and dont forget those robed in slave trade and many more..

  29. Namchidwe says:

    Nkhani Imeneyi Posachedwapa Ma Britsh anena kuti sangapereke.Anthu amenewa ndi ouma mitima ndakhala nawo amati akanena anena basi.best way mukamang^ale ku khoti la likulu la padziko la pansi

  30. Chalako says:

    Malawi govt has to take this issue with a vry sober mind, the Brits may compesant our dear brothers if nt we may just spoil the healing relationship btwn mlw and uk.

  31. akulu says:

    Hw can we know that u were part of them and why appearing today. These are some of the questions. To be old doesn’t mean you were there. Hw are u going to identify ur fellow survivors. Mbava iyi

  32. bratusha says:

    Dollar yavuta pa Malawi. The next thing will be the whole Africa demanding reparations. Does not make sense. Everything that happened during the colonial cannot be an excuse for one’s failure to progress in life today. That’s water under the bridge!

  33. lol says:

    Apatseni zawo basi nthawi yakwana yokha.

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